craig254
Hi,

I have a general question regarding HIV risk with unprotected blowjob
with the presence of a single superficial cut or a few superficial cuts on pines.

My question refers to a superficial cut or cuts on pines which are not active bleeding
like scratch marks, shaving nicks and small wounds.

I have read on previous posts on this forum that a single superficial cut on pines
doesn't increase HIV risk when getting unprotected blowjob.
The HIV risk remains negligible with a single superficial cut on pines
when getting unprotected blowjob.

My question is :
Does the presence of a few(the amount of 3 or 4) superficial cuts,which are not bleeding, in a small area on pines, increase HIV risk when getting unprotected blowjob
vs the HIV risk with the presence of a single not bleeding superficial cut on pines?

Or as long as these superfical cuts on pines are not active bleeding
there is no increase in HIV risk.
HIV risk remains negligible when getting unprotected blowjob also when we are talking
about a few(3 or 4) of these superficial cuts on pines?

Is it true to say that having a unprotected blowjob while having the presence of a few (3 or 4)
superficial cuts on pines is no higher HIV risk than having a single superficial cut or not having superficial cuts at all, HIV risk remains negligible for all 3 situations?

I would appreciate your answer.

Thank you in advance.

Craig
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you were asking about the risk difference between receiving oral sex with the presence of several superficial cuts on the head of the penis, in comparison to one active bleeding cut on the head of the penis. 

From the information given, both of these scenarios are determined 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).

Particulars from case to case are valuable in helping to distinguish the risk level of the associated activity. In this case, both scenarios you have described still fall under our Negligible Risk category. This is because, theoretically, there is a possibility of HIV transmission. The head of the penis itself has an opening (the urethra) in which there is direct access to the bloodstream. For this reason, receiving oral sex with or without superficial scratches/and or one deeper cut presents a Negligible Risk.

It is important to acknowledge, in this case, that there is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission through this avenue. With this in mind, the act of receiving oral sex (with or without cuts) presents a particular risk because the act may fulfill the requirements of our HIV Transmission Equation (see below).

This would include:

The possibility of HIV positive fluid (semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluid, blood, rectal fluid, breast milk), with direct access to the bloodstream,
through an (in this case) Negligible Risk activity.

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Recommendation: There is no evidence or no documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers. If you believe yourself to have had an exposure, do not hesitate to seek HIV screening.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody

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