Anonymous
Me and a friend are getting really close to one another and we both admitted to each other one night that we like sex or sexual activity. I was curious if it is possible to get HIV or AIDS from blowjobs (tongue to vagina or penis in the mouth). And if we can, is there a way to prevent it? Thank you in advance.
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help!

I understand you're concerned about the risk level of acquiring HIV through oral sex. Let me clear that up for you!

Receiving oral sex is considered Negligible Risk. What that means is that even though you can technically make a case for it, there has never been a single confirmed report of acquiring HIV in this manner in BC.

Giving oral sex is considered Low Risk. This means that although there have been a few reports of infection in this manner, they are usually under certain specific conditions. For example, usually it involved when someone has a significant amount of blood present in the mouth, due to major dental work or something of that variety. It's good to note that HIV cannot be transmitted through saliva since there is an enzyme that breaks it down.

As for increased safety, using condoms/female condoms is also an option. Also just getting tested to know your/your partners status can help to ease the mind (Here at AIDS Vancouver we recommend everyone make testing a regular part of their health routine if they are sexually active). Finally, avoiding oral sex when one partner does have blood in the mouth due to major dental work/surgery is a good option as well.

For more info visit these websites:
Thebody.com
smartsexresource.com
aidsvancouver.org

and I'm attaching the transmission equation here for clarity on what is needed for risk of transmission:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,
Christina

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