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Gave oral sex and i have gingivitis

Question: 

I had sex with a person who has several couples, it is known among my group of friends. She seems to be responsible , but i am worried. I gave oral sex to her after partying, i have been struggling with gengivitis for a couple of weeks. My gums sore but not always bleeding, they basically hurt bucause i keep making preassure with my tongue and constantly picking on them...nevertheless, i am worried i could have been exposed to HIV and the degree of risk i am currently at. I know this girl liked to have sugar daddys and that typ of stuff before, some of us suspected her to be a high class escort or something like that, just as a reference of her lifestyle.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about risk of acquiring HIV by performing oral sex. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk. All of the practices assigned to this risk level present a potential for HIV transmission because they involve an exchange of body fluids. There have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities (usually under certain identifiable conditions).

In order to contract HIV the following conditions must be met: There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions. The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles. Transmission occurs through a risky activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

Performing oral sex without a barrier is considered a low risk activity. The symptoms (gingivitis) that you are experiencing can be due to other causes as HIV tends to mirror other viral conditions or diseases, testing is really the only way to know.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)