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What is the risk of HIV transmission if I performed oral sex - licked and sucked his penis multiple times. He had precum and I think it stayed in my mouth for a while before finally spitting it. I had no sores but I am not so sure if I had bleeding gums during that time. I also had my tooth extracted a year ago. Really cannot sleep thinking of the risk. It only happened yesterday that is why I can't do testing yet... Please help.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

I understand that situations like this can be stressful, but hopefully my answer can help to alleviate some of your worries.

Giving oral sex is considered to be a Low Risk activity. This means that there have been a few cases of transmission in this way, but they're usually under certain identifiable conditions. In the case of oral sex, a condition would be if you had had major dental work done leaving big wounds in your mouth. If this wasn't the case, your risk is greatly diminished. The tooth extraction a year ago would not affect this.

Testing isn't necessarily needed just for a low risk exposure, but if you're worried, testing is the best and only way to be certain of your HIV status! HIV tests are conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure, but begin showing very accurate results just 4-6 weeks post exposure.

For more information on transmission and testing, please visit avert.org

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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