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Oral Sex with Canker Sores

Question: 

Hey,

I recently gave oral sex to a guy that I had just met. I do not know of his HIV status for sure, although he stated that he was negative. He had ejaculated into my mouth and I left the semen in my mouth for around a minute. I later found out that I had a recently formed canker sore on the tip/bottom of my tongue, but I didn't notice any bleeding. Is my risk for HIV infection high enough so I should get tested?

Thanks!

Answer: 

Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

Giving oral sex is considered to be a Low Risk. What this means is that there have been a few confirmed cases of HIV transmission in this manner, however, they're usually under certain identifiable conditions. For oral sex, a condition would be if you have large open wounds in your mouth, such as from a recent dental surgery. It's unlikely that the canker sore you described would be severe enough to provide direct access to the bloodstream, therefore, your risk level is diminished. However, if you're concerned about this situation, the only way to be certain of your HIV status is to get tested. We recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested regularly for HIV and STI's regardless, so if you haven't been tested recently, it might help ease your mind.

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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