Anonymous
I recently had unprotected oral sex with a man. He did not ejaculate in my mouth and only about a tablespoon of precum entered my mouth. I only rinsed with mouthwash beforehand and did not floss before or after I had sex with him. Furthermore, I only brushed my teeth lightly with no blood after sex. I did not see any open sores or boils on his penis. When it is said that 'open wounds' or 'sores' increase the chances of HIV, does that mean chapped lips and gingivitis, or something more along the lines of a deep cut or incision from wisdom tooth extraction? All in all, how at risk am I from HIV?
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have some questions about the transmission of HIV via oral sex. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Giving oral sex is considered a low risk activity. Low risk means that while it is possible for transmissions to occur, it requires specific circumstances. As you mentioned, these specific circumstances are things like there being a major open wound within the mouth. This does not include things like chapped lips or gingivitis. We encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart) to see the risks associated with various activities.

Have you ever been for an HIV test? We at AIDS Vancouver recommend routine HIV testing for all sexually active individuals. So if you've never been for a test, we encourage you to go.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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