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Received anilingus from a partner with a cut on his nose

Question: 

Hello,

I received anilingus (rim job) from a partner. Afterwards I noticed he had a cut on the bottom of his nose. If his cut came in contact with my anus during the sex act what is the risk of HIV transmission, assuming he is positive?

Answer: 

Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

To answer your question, receiving anilingus would not put you at negligible risk for HIV. This means that there has never been a confirmed case of infection from this activity. The fact that he had a cut on his nose would not make a difference. The HIV virus is a very weak virus and it does not survive when it comes into contact with the air. So if this person had a cut under his nose any HIV positive blood would have been exposed to air and the virus would not survive and would not be able to infect you.

While an HIV test is not necessary for this activity specifically, we do encourage everybody who is sexually active to be tested for all sexually transmitted diseases (STI's), including HIV, as part of continued health well being and prevention.

I hope I have answered your question, if not please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer