Anonymous
Hi. I'm gay, HIV positive and my partner is negative. I'm on ART (Atripla), have never missed a dose, my labs have been Undetectable for 2 years now. Is there any risk of him giving me oral sex without a condom? Does precum or semen pose a risk? Also, if we're lying naked together and rubbing our penises together and precum from both of our penises reaches the other, is there any risk of transmission?
Thank you so much!
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

The risk of HIV associated with giving oral sex is considered to be low. This means that there have been a few reported cases of someone acquiring HIV in this way but it is usually under specific condition, such as presence of an untreated STI or having wounds in the mouth such as those caused by recent dental work. Being Undetectable could mean that the risk is even lower, but it is up to you and your partner to decide if you feel comfortable with unprotected oral sex or not.

Pre-cum and semen can both contain HIV and potentially pose a risk. When HIV in bodily fluids is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. If pre-cum or semen comes into contact during rubbing this should not pose a risk because the fluid would have first been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

For more information about HIV you can visit CATIE.ca or the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

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