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does oral sex transmit hiv
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether or not oral sex serves as a route for HIV transmission.

In general, there’s little to no risk of getting HIV from oral sex. But transmission of HIV, though extremely rare, is theoretically possible. Giving oral sex (either on a male-bodied or female bodied person) is considered Low Risk for HIV transmission. However, receiving oral sex is a Negligible Risk for HIV transmission.
Factors that may increase the risk of transmitting HIV through oral sex are ejaculation in the mouth with oral ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which may or may not be visible.

Individuals can further reduce the already low risk of HIV transmission from oral sex by keeping their male partners from ejaculating in their mouth. This could be done by removing the mouth from the penis before ejaculation, or by using a condom.
The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is even lower if the HIV-negative partner is taking medicine to prevent HIV (pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP) or the HIV-positive partner is taking medicine to treat HIV (antiretroviral therapy or ART) and is virally suppressed.


Recommendation: Refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online,
(Vardah)

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