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Question: 

hello doctor, i had oral sex with 5 different women at 5 occasions no intercourse done but while receiving oral sex i had no condom and there was no visible blood in any of these womens mouth stupid as may sound i chekced all of em before the activity . after a big research like us idiots do after committing it.after my last exposure even after 1 month i have no swollen lymphs after the exposures never had fever i had tonsils and some throat infection which was not that bad but a normal one now due to the climatic changes in my region am having tonsils again no fever even my mates at work are also sick with flu fever and all what is the chance that i have been in contact with hiv as am worried as hell

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting us with your questions. We're happy to help!

Giving oral sex is considered to be a Low Risk activity for HIV transmission. This means that although there have been a few cases of transmission in this way, they're usually under certain identifiable conditions, such as if you had recently had major dental surgery or work done, leaving gaping open wounds in your mouth. If this is not the case, your risk if greatly diminished.

Receiving oral sex is considered to be a Negligible Risk for HIV transmission. This means that although in theory it may be possible for HIV to be transmitted in this way, there has never been a confirmed case of HIV transmission in this way. Note that saliva doesn't transmit HIV, and if there was blood present in the mouth, which is unlikely, there would have to be large amounts, since saliva contains an enzyme that helps to deactivate viruses, thus providing protection. That's why HIV is generally not transmitted by receiving oral sex.

Please refer to this transmission equation and note that all three components must be present for HIV transmission to even be possible :

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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