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HIV Risk face-vaginal contact


Hello, I apologize and will try to make the details as least graphic as possible.

Long story short, I received protected oral from a sex worker. But my concern is that at some point, she sort of sat on my face for a couple of seconds (nude). She then kept insisting I lick her vagina but I was too afraid of HIV, so I only kissed her inner thighs a couple of times, and then I kissed her a single time on the exterior part of her vaginal lips, most likely (I can't remember exactly) just very near her vagina, actually. With my lips tightly closed, and feeling no fluid touch my lips. I never once stuck out my tongue.

Still, I'm a bit afraid of having been exposed to HIV.
1. Would her sitting on my face and receiving a single, closed lip kiss on only the outside surface of the vagina (or possibly very near) count as cunnilingus? If so would it be a risk to test over and worry about?

2. I don't recall anything wrong with my mouth, other than slightly chapped lips. Would this be an adequate barrier? Sometimes when I brush too hard I bleed a little.

Thank you for your help!


Hello and thank you for contacting us.

We understand that you would like to know if there is a risk of acquiring HIV when your mouth came into contact with a sex worker's vagina.

Normally performing oral sex is classified as a low risk activity, but based on the details you have provided this likely wouldn't be considered oral sex. We will classify this mouth to vagina contact under Negligible Risk, meaning that transmission is theoretically possible because there was a potential exchange of body fluids, however, the amounts, conditions and types of body fluid exchanged greatly diminish the risk. Receiving oral sex is also classified as a negligible risk, with your risk from that activity being reduced by your use of protection.

I am including a link below with some ideas about safer oral sex practices. This article details several different methods, including pros and cons for each. You might consider trying one of these methods to further reduce your risk of acquiring HIV or other STI's.

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to physician for more personalised answers.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer, Dyson