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oral sex
      #27936 - 02/07/02 09:21 PM

I was dating a man for a month who claims he has been tested for HIV and was negative. I performed oral sex on him and yes I swallowed. He turned out to be a total jerk, and now I'm thinking the possibiity of having HIV could be likely. I never had unprotected intercourse with him. Used a condom all the time for that. But not orally. So, my risk is probably high? What do you think?



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Re: oral sex new
      #27938 - 02/07/02 09:41 PM

First off, he's probably hiv-negative, but you never know. Just because he turned out to be a jerk doesn't mean he has hiv. He did use condoms for the other sex, so he's probably careful. On the other hand, you can't really believe when someone say's they're negative, because there's always the chance they're lying or tested a long time ago.

But swallowing has its risks, because the throat is mucous membrane. When people say oral is low risk, they are probably talking about the fact that no one has ever gotten hiv from BEING sucked. But people have gotten hiv from sucking, usually by swallowing. Not as common as anal/vaginal but it has happened.

Testing is scary, but for me its better to know than to always wonder about it. After my high risk which involved unprotected anal with someone I just met, I was amazed to test negative. If I got that lucky, you probably did too. Good luck!



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Re: oral sex new
      #27966 - 02/08/02 10:49 AM

There is some amount of risk involved but very little. Chances are the semens will end up in your stomach and will be 'digested' by the acid in there. The acid will kill the virus (if any).



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Re: oral sex new
      #28005 - 02/08/02 07:41 PM

Thanks for the info. I know there is a risk, that's why I was freaking out. You had a higher risk and came out negative. That's good news. I just want to be careful from now on, it's the first time I had ever been this careless. I knew better but did it anyway. I had strong feelings for the guy. But, you live and learn I guess that's what life is all about. I'm not going to worry myself sick over this, I could get ran over by a truck tomorrow and I worried for what? Yeah I'm concerned but I don't want to live my life worrying about what if? I'll get tested.



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