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HIV testing and possible transmission


I tested by oral swab twice once in 2011 and once in 2013 both were negative,i have only received oral sex since 2011, I have tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) many times, I tested neg in dec 2013 and I received oral in jan 2014, should I test again



Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Testing for HIV is not required for receiving oral sex alone. Receiving unprotected oral sex might mean it would be a good idea to re-test for STIs but HIV testing is not required for receiving oral sex.

I am not sure when you say that your "received oral in jan 2014" if you meant that you received oral sex, or if you had an oral swab testing you for HIV. I am assuming that you had oral sex in 2011 and that you have not had any sexual encounters? If that is the case then you have no need for more testing. If in fact you meant that you received oral sex in January that activity poses a negligible risk- meaning no one has ever acquired HIV from receiving oral sex.

You mention that you have been tested many times for STI's (sexually transmitted infections) as well. If you are sexually active it's great that you made a decision to look after your sexual health by having a routine of regular testing. To ensure your health even further and reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, we generally recommend the use of condoms for sexual activities. If you want more information about sexual health, STIs, and protection I recommend that you check out a reliable website, www.smartsexresource.com.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Helpline again if you have other HIV related questions in the future.

Best wishes,

Marnelle Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org Helpline MON-FRI 9am-4pm Tel. 604-696-4666