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Received oral sex post to my surgery.

Question: 

Hi,

I am so worried about my situation. I received oral sex from a sex worker two weeks back (12th July). However, it was protected(with condom) and I licked her breast and nipple, also rubbed her genital area with my bare hands.

I worried because I had a gallbladder surgery two weeks before the incident happened. The wound is completely healed, but the stitches were there. I didn't remove my shirt during the oral sex session. So, I believe nothing would have passed (Virus) through the operated area. She didn't touch my upper body.

Please advise my risk assessment of catching STD and HIV infections.

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV transmission given the act of protected oral sex, nipple licking, and genital rubbing.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

Each of the acts you have described above provide No Risk to HIV transmission. Receptive oral sex provides a Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission, although theoretically possible) for HIV transmission when not performed without a barrier. In the scenario you provided, you had used a condom during the act of receptive oral sex. Condom's provide a protective barrier to any cuts/sores that may be in the mouth of your partner, and may significantly reduce your risk of HIV acquisition.

Nipple licking and genital rubbing do not provide a High Risk (evidence of transmission through these activities) for HIV transmission, unless these acts involve a direct access to the bloodstream with the presence of HIV positive bodily fluids. By the way you described the encounter, there was no visible fluid involved in these acts.

You may also find our HIV Transmission Equation a helpful and valuable resource in the future!

Recommendation: There is no need for HIV screening with the scenario provided, please refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody