Anonymous
Hi,

I performed oral sex to a man, who was ALWAYS wearing cotton underwear. I 'sucked' and licked the underwear he was wearing. This 'oral sex' lasted around 30 - 40 seconds. I never touched his penis, but there were always his underwear between my mouth and his penis. However, at some point I felt pre-cum taste in my mouth (the pre-cum probably passed through the underwear to my mouth). I spat it after 10 seconds.

There was NO eiaculation.

Is it at risk for HIV?

Thank you!
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I'm happy to answer your questions today.

I understand you are wondering about the possibility of acquiring HIV after performing oral sex on a man over his underwear. I hope the answers I can provide will give you some peace of mind.

Right away I can tell you that this was a negligible risk exposure. That means that while it is theoretically possible to make a case for transmission this way, it is never known to have occurred. For there to be a successful transmission of HIV there must first be HIV present. Next there must be an exchange of bodily fluids with *direct access* to the bloodstream. Additionally, once exposed to the air for even a few seconds, while it may not die, HIV is immediately rendered non-transmissible meaning it can no longer be passed on from person to person. Given that it doesn't seem like these conditions could have been met during your exposure, we can consider this to have been a negligible risk encounter.

For more information on how HIV and other STIs are passed on from person to person as well as how to have the safest, most fun sex you can, I'd recommend checking out the [Smart Sex Resource](smartsexresource.com) or the [Canadian Aids Treatment Information Exchange](http://www.catie.ca/en/basics).

I hope the information I've been able to provide has been helpful for you. Please feel free to post again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best,

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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