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What Is The Risk Of Performing Oral Sex

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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...
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oral sex and hiv

my new partner is hiv+ and enjoys performing oral sex. Although he claims he goes to the dentist regularly, I'm not a dentist so I can't really diagnose the actual state of his dental health. In the worst case scenario, say he has periodontal...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
Please submit this question to The Body's Safe Sex and HIV Prevention Forum and/or The Body's Forum on HIV and Oral Health Read more »

UGH!!!! The joys of oral sex

Hi there doctor - I recently performed oral sex on a male prostitute - there wasn't any pre-cum and he didn't achieve a full erection - what are the possibilties that I contracted HIV? Also, at the time, I was getting over a mild sore-throat. For...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Most studies to date show that the risk of transmission through performing oral sex on an HIV infected male is much lower than the risk of transmission through unprotected Read more »

Oral Sex on a female prostitute and risk.

What is the risk of getting HIV from a Woman Prostitute, if you perform oral sex on her one time? Let's say she was not on her period, and I had no open sores in my mouth.
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...There is no convincing evidence that HIV has been spread to a person performing oral sex on a woman when no blood or STDs were present. Performing oral sex on a man is considered to be a greater risk for infection Read more »


I recently met someone who is HIV+. We have been seeing one another for 2 months. He told me to start with that he was HIV+. I feel that he is very honest and a very caring person. I am HIV- also male. His current viral load is 140 and CD4 is 380....
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...oral sex. Saliva is not a fluid that is implicated in transmission. Blood present in your partner's mouth does increase the risk of HIV transmission to you (blood is the most infectious bodily fluid), but exactly how much blood needs to be... Read more »
Terri Wilder

Thoughts About Women and Oral Sex After Visiting the NYC Sex Museum

...make a sex toy out of a bar of soap ... or your cell phone? As I was walking through the museum, I saw lots of references to oral sex. There was information on oral sex between animals, oral sex between humans and even a Japanese anime video in... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...injecting drugs? Is there a connection between HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases? Are health care workers at risk of getting HIV on the job? Are patients in a health care setting at risk of getting HIV? Have people been... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Sexual Activities

...transmitted diseases . Lubricant Use of lubricants can make sexual penetration more comfortable and may also help reduce the risk of condom breakage during sex. With latex condoms, however, be sure to use a water-based lubricant. Do not use... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Safer Sex

...helps condoms feel better.) Do not use oil-based lubes like Vaseline, Crisco, or baby oil with condoms because they increase the risk of the condom breaking. If you're not going to use condoms, try to reduce the friction by using a lot of lube... Read more »
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Gay man peeling lips oral sex risk

Posted by James99, 1 Reply and I constantly peel skin off of my outer lips, some times without noticing it just because they're so chapped. If i gave oral sex to another guy without knowing his status after peeling some skin off (i'm not sure if it was bleeding) a few... Read more »

Lab Errors

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...up a test and cause a false-negative. Has anyone heard of this happening. Also my one possible risk came when I performed oral sex on a woman. This is considered "low risk", does any one know what that actually means. Is it like 1 in 20 or... Read more »

receiving oral sex and risk of Hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Im very worried as I am a hyphochondriac, I am a male and I recently had a female perform unprotected oral sex to completion with ejaculation in her mouth and I was wondering what are the chances of getting Hiv trhis way? I did not notice Read more »

oral sex question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Ok I keep reading that a lot of people are concerned about the risk of transmission of HIV through oral sex. Both getting and giving. DO any of you know of anyone that has become infected through Read more »