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What are the chances of HIV infection if a person has oral sex with someone who has scars on his mouth?

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Published At September 28, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 22 years old. Yesterday, I had a sexual encounter with a girl, and during oral sex, I noticed scars inside her mouth. When I asked, she mentioned it was a deficiency of vitamin B complex. I am feeling a bit scared. Can I get infected through oral sex?

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is great that you are concerned about your health and seeking accurate information. Oral sex carries a negligible to low risk of HIV transmission, especially if there are no active bleeding, fresh sores, or bleeding gums involved. However, under these circumstances, there is a potential risk for transmitting other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). I recommend getting tested for HIV at baseline, one month after the last exposure, and then at three months. Additionally, I suggest getting tested for other STIs as well. Consistently and correctly using condoms is an effective prevention strategy for not only HIV but also other STIs.

I hope this addresses your concerns, but please feel free to ask or call anytime if you have any further questions.

Thank you.

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

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva
Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

HIV/AIDS specialist

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