Making Out Risks

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The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

Table of Contents Studies on the Risks of Oral Sex Tips for Safer Oral Sex Taking Care of Yourself The chances of HIV being transmitted from an HIV+ person to an HIV-negativeperson depends on the type of contact. HIV is most easily transmitted throughunprotected (no condoms) anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, and sharinginjection drug equipment. Oral sex has been shown to be less risky than these activities, but it isnot...
Ask the Experts

swollen lymph nodes in armpit

Hello,I had protected sex with someone who put the condom on me. One week later I had swollen lymph node in my right armpit which went away in 2 days. I also had light pain in right pelvis area and prickly feeling in the right foot. This too went...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I am not aware of any cases of HIV having been transmitted by contact from the hand of an infected person to the genitals of another. If you used a condom for the sexual contact, this makes the risk of HIV having been transmitted extremely low,... Read more »

Risky Activity for spouses

My daughter has been HIV positive for 8 years. She married a year ago and just told her hustband when she had cervical cancer and had to have a hysterectomy 4 months after they married. Her CD4 count was down as low as 75. it is improving again...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It is true that the lower a person's viral load, the less likely they are to transmit HIV to someone else, but the risk is NEVER zero, just small. Read more »

Which is of greater risk?

RyanI just want to know which is of greater risk for contracting hiv? Having a girl perform oral sex on you or you performing oral sex on a girl( not while on her period yuck)?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
The risk for infection with HIV is clearly greater for the person performing oral sex on a woman because fluids that potentially transmit HIV (vaginal secretions) are coming into contact with mucous membranes (the mouth). However, there are only a... Read more »


Can you get HIV from giving oral sex to a man with a condom? If the guy does not ejaculate would it lower your risk?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
First of all, the likelihood of transmission when performing oral sex on a man without a condom is small. If you do not have any cuts or sores in your mouth, have good oral health, and do not get any ejaculate in your mouth, then your risk is even... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Durex Stops Making Condoms With Nonoxynol-9 Due to Possible Increased Risk of HIV Transmission

SSL International , the maker of Durex condoms, has stopped producing condoms containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9, which in recent studies has shown that it may increase the risk of HIV transmission, BBC News reports ( BBC News , 1/20). ... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Clinical Trials

What Are Clinical Trials? The Basic Components of Clinical Trials The Stages of Treatment Trials Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial? Clinical Trials and HIV+ Women What Are Clinical Trials? The term clinical trial is... Read more »
Project Inform

Making Decisions About Therapies

Table of Contents The Basis for Making Decisions Choosing a Doctor Developing a Relationship Information: Consider the Source Get Informed! Learn About Your Treatment Options! What Does the Research Show? Explore, Examine and... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


What Is Anemia? What Causes Anemia? Anemia and HIV How Is Anemia Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Anemia? Anemia is a shortage of hemoglobin (HGB). HGB is a protein in red blood cells. It carries oxygen from the lungs to... Read more »
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