CDC Issues Fact Sheet on Oral Sex and HIV Transmission

The CDC has released a fact sheet informing people that there is some risk of transmitting HIV to others through oral sex, even though it is much lower than the risk of transmission from vaginal or anal intercourse, the Lakeland Ledger's "Robin's Rx: Medical Blogging in Polk County" reports. According to the CDC, many people believe that oral sex is safe or has no-risk of transmitting disease. The CDC fact sheet said that abstaining from any sexual activity or engaging in mutual monogamy where both partners are uninfected are the only ways to completely prevent HIV transmission, but that condoms and other barriers between the mouth and genitals can reduce the risk of transmission through oral sex (Adams, "Robin's Rx: Medical Blogging in Polk County," Lakeland Ledger, 6/4).

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