Anonymous
I saw the below sentence and need some help in interpreting this. I can't tell the difference in this situation. Can you help to explain? "Taking semen or pre-cum in your mouth from a person living with HIV is a low risk for passing you the virus (giving oral sex). Taking body fluids into your mouth from an object is not going to expose you to HIV."

Thanks
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Anonymous
Hi and thanks for your question. You are correct that giving oral sex poses a low risk of HIV transmission to you. Enzymes in saliva have a protective element against transmission.

HIV does not survive long at all once it is exposed to air, so it does not pass to a person from an inanimate object. Direct person to person exchange of body fluids containing HIV is required for you to acquire the virus, so putting an object into your mouth that may have a body fluid is a very unlikely way for you to acquire the virus.

If you have other HIV related questions, please feel free to contact us again.

Best wishes,

Marnelle

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