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Hi , I am a male and i performed oral sex on a female (briefly). I had a condition of bleeding gums, which dont bleed normally but only when I brush them too hard. Please let me know how much chances do I have of acquiring the hiv ? also, is there any difference in risk level for receptive and active oral sex? thanks
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline,

It sounds like you are bit distressed about having acquired HIV. I hope I can alleviate some distress you might have.

There is actually no chance that you have acquired HIV. This is because HIV is only acquired through direct access to the bloodstream. From what you have told me your bleeding gums are not do not include open cuts/sores and are not requiring special medical attention (like stitches), so are not exposing access to the bloodstream.

To help you better understand the transmission of HIV you could check out this chart.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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  
To answer your second questions for the difference of risk level between receptive and active oral sex, yes there is a difference:

Receiving oral sex has a negligible risk, meaning there has never been a confirmed report of transmission of HIV (in BC).

Giving oral sex is low risk, and there have only been a few reports of HIV being acquired from this activity (in BC). These usually occur under certain identifiable circumstances (e.g. you have another untreated STI) that may not apply to you.

I hope I was able to answer your questions and I was able to give you more information about HIV transmission. If you live in the BC area and have more questions about HIV you can give our helpline a call.

Also, feel free to visit our website for more information.
This is a great website for more information about HIV transmission: [http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html](http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html)

Jasmine,

Helpline Volunteer

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