Anonymous
I received a blow job and I'm worried because i shaved my genetials before i received oral sex. I'm also in panic because i don't know her HIV Status. What if there's a bleeding gum, or blood in her saliva? I just got tested 168 days after the exposure at a diagnostic laboratory and they using SD bioline HIV 1/2 3.0 and the result was negative.

1. Could I be infected if there's bleeding gums or blood in the saliva of my partner?

2. Should I be retested again?

3. Should i panic/worry?

Really worried.

Please read this I really appreciate it.
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver Helpline. It sounds like you've been quite worried about this, and I hope my answer can alleviate your stress.

Receiving oral sex is considered a negligible risk activity. This means that although in theory we can assume a route of HIV transmission (such as the bleeding gums as you mentioned), there has NEVER been a case reported of anyone acquiring HIV by receiving oral sex. This could also be partially due to an enzyme in the saliva that inhibits the HIV virus.

An HIV test after 12 weeks (84 days) is considered conclusive. Therefore your test at 168 days is conclusive and you do not need any further tests. So I recommend to not worry anymore, and getting back to your routine with peace of mind.

Feel free to contact us again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org for more information.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

Monday to Friday 10am-4pm (PST)

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