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Risk Of Sores And Cuts With Semen

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The Well Project

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

...through oralsex. Studies on the Risks of Oral Sex Even though oral sex is a lower-risk activity, people have reportedlybecome infected with HIV in this way. A number of studies have tried todetermine the exact level of risk of oral sex, but it can be difficult to getaccurate information from study participants. Since oral sex is not the onlysexual activity for most people, it is also difficult to single out oral sex asthe definite way...
Ask the Experts

Oral sex risk with no cuts

Hi, What is the chance of catching HIV from performing felatio once on a person without protection, if he did not ejaculate and if their were no cuts or abrasions on or in the mouth? Thank you!
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...risk for other SexuallyTransmitted Diseases (STD's) including herpes and gonorrhea. Now, when we're talking about the levels of risk by giving oral sex, there isno one answer since several variables actually determine the true level ofrisk. Let... Read more »

Rubbing the Wrong Way?

Dear Ryan: Now that AIDS has been around for over 2 decades, I'm still nervous about "safe" sex since as far as gay sex goes, there seems to be an element of risk in everything. What of frottage (rubbing named bodies together)? Other than open...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...membranes), as are open sores or deep cuts/wounds. Fluids infected with virus coming into contact with intact skin does not pose a risk for infection. The cells on your skin are different than the cells located in mucous membranes and do not... Read more »

Invisible cuts on fingers?

I was reading "Understanding and Preventing AIDS: A book for everyone" byChris Jennings (Available at this web-site) and it states: "Exposure to blood, either on the hands or inthe eyes and mouth, have been responsible for HIV infection among...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...or vaginal secretions wereto get into a fresh open cut on the skin, or into a mucous membrane (listedabove), there would be a risk of infection. The larger the cut/open sore,the greater the risk would be. Also, the greater the quantity of... Read more »

vaginal secretions on sore risk

Hello Ryan. Please answer me, I am very anxious.I had protected sex with young thai prostitute, but after sex i discovered i had 2 fresh sores (no cuts) on my skin (on the back and chest) without upper epidermis, looking red, feeling a little...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...In order for there to be a risk for HIV infection, the following needs to occur: 1) Direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions) 2) The Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...cases of HIV transmission from performing oral sex on a person infected with HIV. While no one knows exactly what the degree of risk is, evidence suggests that the risk is less than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex. If the person... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission effective this method really is in reducing transmission. It is best to use fresh needles each time. This eliminates any risk of infection. Many cities offer free needle exchange programs. Tattoos or body piercings should always be done by... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Sexual Activities

...safer sex to riskier sex. Each time you engage in a sexual activity, you choose (whether consciously or unconsciously) the level of risk you are comfortable with for that moment. Safer sex often involves use of latex condoms, latex dental dams,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...not. Possibly Infectious "Bodily Fluids" HIV might be transmitted from an infected person to another through: pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum) Pre-seminal fluid is a clear fluid that lubricates men's urethras. It is produced by a... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 11 Replies
...sure why, but i did. there were no oral sex, no kissing, just penetration with protection, and a water base lube. i know i had cuts on my hands, but there was no blood from either of us. any thougts? Read more »

HIV risk?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...intercourse with him. He came on my chest and I flipped out. Is it possible for me to have become infected this way? I had no cuts on my chest, but what about if i had a small pimple or something? About 5 days later, I got a few bumps on my lower... Read more »

Insertive ORAL sex - RISK?!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply it true that there are no risks for insertive oral sex? all of this talk about hiv infections through oral sex, have been receptive oral sex right? meaning Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hey I was reading the post please please help and I am in sort of the same situation. he said he put the man's penis in his mouth and took it out didn't suck on it. What if the man was HIV + what are the chances of getting infected? I also... Read more »