Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for all that you are doing here, this site is a great place to get informed about HIV and it's amazing how you have time to answer everyone's questions.

I'm very scared I might have gotten myself into a risky position due to an encounter I had today. I performed oral sex on a stranger. The worst thing wast that after I left him, I touched my gums and they started to bleed. I have gum disease and I fear I acquired HIV.

Do you think my risk is high?

Thank you very much.

-M
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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver with your question.

Giving oral sex is considered a Low Risk activity. This means that there have been a few reports of HIV transmission from this activity. When HIV comes into contact with saliva it does not transmit. If HIV is exposed to air it does not transmit either. So your hands would have been exposed to air and also if there was any HIV involved it would be rendered not transmittable by saliva.

The only way to determine your HIV status is getting tested and testing is readily available in many areas. In Canada you can use [CATIE](https://aso411.ca/) to locate a testing site and outside Canada you can use [Aids Map e-atlas](http://www.aidsmap.com/e-atlas). If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver

In health

Lawrence

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