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What are the chances of contracting HIV through oral sex?

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Published At October 30, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

It was about six years ago, and I was giving oral sex to a guy. During it, my teeth cut my lips. He did ejaculate in my mouth, but I did clean out my mouth immediately. On two other occasions, he came on my vagina, but no penetration or cleaning took place. He was my first sexual partner outside of being molested as a child. I do have a history of cold sores. He is straight. What are the chances I contracted HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected oral sex is almost nil in the scenario mentioned. The chances are also almost nil if there is no penetration (skin is an effective barrier). It may be better to go for HIV antibody tests to be totally relieved of anxiety. The chances of HIV tests coming positive is almost nil. Herpes can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or by intercourse or kissing.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra
Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra


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