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Is Insertive Fellatio a flat-out zero risk?

Dec 15, 2001

As the recipient of Fellatio(having penis sucked), is it absolutely free from risk, since the woman who who performs this may have oral bleedings or ulcers, when saliva is not the only medium of HIV that might pass into the penile tube?

Response from Mr. Kull

Any time your mucous membranes come into contact with another person's HIV infected fluids, there is a possibility of transmission. The fact that there is a POSSIBILITY of transmission is completely different than the LIKELIHOOD of transmission. In the history of the epidemic (as tracked in the U.S), there have been no cases of HIV transmission from a person's mouth to another person's genitals (there was one case where transmission might have occurred this way, but the findings were inconclusive, and the contact seemed to involve blood). This is considerable proof that receiving oral sex poses a negligible risk. If you still feel uncomfortable with any of the grey areas of sex, use a condom for receiving oral sex.

The fluids that are known to transmit HIV through sex are semen, blood, and vaginal/cervical secretions. Minimize mucosal contact with those fluids and you reduce the chances of infection.


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