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Dec 13, 2001

I've read a lot about catching AIDS via the mucous membranes. It seems to me that the scrotum is also very sensative since the veins are close to the surface of the skin.

Are there any reported cases of AIDS being transmitted through the scrotum? Is the scrotum a mucous membrane?

Since it is not covered by a condom I'm wondering why it is not talked about more often when sucking or licking the scrotum is a standard procedure during oral sex.

Response from Mr. Kull

The scrotum is not a mucous membrane. The scrotum consists of skin, which serves as a barrier to HIV. So any infected fluids coming into contact with the scrotum should not lead to transmission.

Sucking or licking on the scrotum does not pose a risk for HIV infection either. Your mouth would be coming into contact with skin, not fluids, so there is no risk for transmission.


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