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Performing Oral Sex Afraid I Have HIV

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I'm afraid I have HIV

I performed oral sex on a guy about 2 months ago, I can't remember when exactly. I developed flu-like symptoms about 3-4 weeks later. I am so afraid that I have HIV, but I can't bring myself to get tested. I feel so ashamed and dirty...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I will not address the medical question since I am not a doctor and am not an expert in transmission. Yes, you definitely do need help. To be so incapacitated with fear, self-loathing and humiliation that you cannot take the simple step of going... Read more »

Can one contact HIV from performing oral sex on a Woman

A lot of your info on oral sex is as reagards men. But what are the chances of contracting AIDS... Read more »

Can I get HIV from performing oral sex on a woman?

I am a woman who had my first experience with another woman and I perfromed only oral sex on her.... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.S. Teenagers View Oral Sex as Less Risky Than Intercourse, Say Oral Sex Not Really Sex, Survey Shows

U.S. teenagers view oral sex as "not sex" and less risky than sexual intercourse, according to a study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics , Reuters reports. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a pediatrician at the University of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

OraSure: "Test Is Performing Well"

At an investor conference Tuesday, OraSure Technology CEO Douglas Michels said the company's OraQuick oral rapid-result HIV test appears to be performing well despite recent reports of false positives. At least six testing centers -- including some... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Empowering HIV Testing as a Prevention Tool: Targeting Interventions for High-Risk Men Who Have Sex With Men

HIV testing can be performed easily in France's free and anonymous voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) centers. A recent national survey among men who have sex with men revealed that 73 percent of MSM who had previously tested for HIV had done so... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

L.A. Health Department Obtains Legal Names of Adult Film Performers Who Worked With HIV-Positive Actors

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services on Wednesday obtained a list of the legal names of 53 adult film actors who had sexual contact with two actors who recently tested HIV-positive or with the sexual partners of those actors, the ... Read more »
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How safe is performing oral sex now??? HELP!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi all,

If I'm HIV+, how safe is it to perform oral sex on an HIV- guy? Sometime I give him pretty intense oral and his penis has been cut (a little bleeding) ... does that make a difference? Or is the only concern being him coming into contact with... Read more »

Afraid to have Sex

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I've been positive since 1994. I became + from my lover who died that year. Since his demise I have been afraid to have sex because I feel as though I will infect someone. The HIV strain I have is resistant to all meds currently available. My... Read more »

so afraid

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Though I know no-one can tell me what I really want to hear, I am hoping someone can help to alleviate my severe anxiety somewhat, or perhaps just confirm my worst fears.

I am a married, in-the-closet bi-sexual. I contained my gay feelings for 14... Read more »

Oral Sex Performed on a woman of unknown status

Posted by KRBClapton, 2 Replies
Should I test after performing oral sex on a woman of unknown status if this is the only thing I have done since my negative test 142 days from my last possible exposure? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Read more »