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I received blowjob 2 weeks from now. I know there are small chances that I contracted HIV but based on my readings, there are still many diseases to worry about and I'm sacared because it is not like ordinary illnesses. Also, we didn't use any protection and while doing that, I saw blood which may either come from his mouth or in my penis. I also didn't wash my penis for more than 8 hours after receiving it. I'm worried because it's my first time as well as my partner who did it. But I still suspect my partner to be HIV+ cause he already received blowjob a year ago with a random gay. So my question is this, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT I CONTRACTED ANY DISEASE AFTER DOING THAT? Please include solutions and recommendations also' please
(thank you thank you and i hope it will be answered cause it's my first and last time. And I'm still worried and stressed all these days)
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS related information.

First, I will address you risk of HIV transmission. From what you have described, you are at negligible risk of HIV transmission; "negligible" means that there has never been a confirmed report of HIV transmission from this activity (receiving oral sex). Let me explain why. HIV is a very weak virus and dies when it is exposed to the air. Additionally, there are enzymes in saliva that inhibit HIV. Regardless of whether blood was present, because it was exposed to the air, there is no risk of transmission. However, you should still be concerned about other sexually transmitted infections, as they may live longer than HIV and are transmissible through mucous membranes such as the mouth and the penis. In terms of washing your penis, this would not prevent HIV or any other STI transmission.

I'd also like to address the HIV status of your partner. The fact that your partner received a blowjob a year ago from a man does not mean that he is HIV+; this is due to what I said earlier, that there is negligible risk of HIV transmission from receiving oral sex. The main activities through which HIV is transmitted are unprotected anal or vaginal sex, or sharing of needles. Furthermore, the only way to know for sure if your partner is HIV + is through definitive results of an HIV test.

In terms of recommendations, although you are not at risk for HIV transmission from this activity, we do recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections as part of their regular health care maintenance. In addition, we recommend the use of condoms in order to prevent HIV transmission and other STIs.

For more information on HIV/AIDS transmission, we recommend that you visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org

I trust that I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.

Thank you,

Sandra, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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