Anonymous
I have bleeding gums and performed oral sex..are my chances of Hiv high?
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about the possibility of HIV transmission whilst having bleeding gums.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be of Low Risk (evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met)

Transmission is considered to be of Low Risk for the following reasons:

Generally, performing oral sex with a barrier is considered to be of Negligible Risk (there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. However, there is a theoretical possibility of transmission under certain extenuating circumstances). Under the assumption that the oral sex was performed without a barrier, this scenario would be considered to be Low Risk for HIV transmission. Although direct access to the bloodstream (cuts in mouth) and bodily fluids (blood) are components of our HIV Transmission Equation that are met, there was no presence of a High Risk activity such as penetrative sex etc. Additionally, HIV does not survive in the presence of saliva so this offers another protective mechanism against acquiring HIV through oral sex without a barrier (1).

Please refer to our HIV Transmission Equation below for more information:

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Recommendation: Refer to a healthcare provider for HIV testing

References:

(1) HIV and Saliva

Thank you
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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