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According to CDC...

According to CDC, performing blowjob on a male isn't a risk-free activity, it's "low risk and test recommended.
But you say it's "zero risk."
I don't know what to do know. Help please.
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We've discussed this ad nauseum here.  You can search the forum and find probably hundreds of discussions about this.

The CDC is a very conservative agency, they are not going to say something is impossible, due to liabilty reasons.

If oral sex was TRULY a risk, there would be new infections diagnosed daily from oral, and almost everyone would be infected.  The FACTS are, there aren't even statistical figures about oral sex leading to infection.  Even the CDC says there have been "a few reported cases".  A few is understood to mean "about 3".  So, IF those infections were TRULY a result of oral sex (which of course is subjective info, based on what someone reports)...I think 3 infections in 30 years isn't very significant.

You will see conflicting info about oral sex and HIV...you really have to decide for yourself what you want to believe.  Our stance is that it is NO risk.  The experts on this site also feel the same way.  Even though you may see them say "low risk"...they have stated numerous times that there is NO difference between their "low risk" and our "no risk".  It's semantics.
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No incident HIV infections among MSM who practice exclusively oral sex.
Int Conf AIDS 2004 Jul 11-16; 15:(abstract no. WePpC2072)??Balls JE, Evans JL, Dilley J, Osmond D, Shiboski S, Shiboski C, Klausner J, McFarland W, Greenspan D, Page-Shafer K?University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States

Oral transmission of HIV, reality or fiction? An update
J Campo1, MA Perea1, J del Romero2, J Cano1, V Hernando2, A Bascones1
Oral Diseases (2006) 12, 219–228

AIDS: Volume 16(17) 22 November 2002 pp 2350-2352
Risk of HIV infection attributable to oral sex among men who have sex with men and in the population of men who have sex with men

Page-Shafer, Kimberlya,b; Shiboski, Caroline Hb; Osmond, Dennis Hc; Dilley, Jamesd; McFarland, Willie; Shiboski, Steve Cc; Klausner, Jeffrey De; Balls, Joycea; Greenspan, Deborahb; Greenspan
Page-Shafer K, Veugelers PJ, Moss AR, Strathdee S, Kaldor JM, van Griensven GJ. Sexual risk behavior and risk factors for HIV-1 seroconversion in homosexual men participating in the Tricontinental Seroconverter Study, 1982-1994 [published erratum appears in Am J Epidemiol 1997 15 Dec; 146(12):1076]. Am J Epidemiol 1997, 146:531-542.

Studies which show the fallacy of relying on anecdotal evidence as opposed to carefully controlled study insofar as HIV transmission risk is concerned:

Jenicek M. "Clinical Case Reporting" in Evidence-Based Medicine. Oxford: Butterworth–Heinemann; 1999:117
Saltzman SP, Stoddard AM, McCusker J, Moon MW, Mayer KH. Reliability of self-reported sexual behavior risk factors for HIV infection in homosexual men. Public Health Rep. 1987 102(6):692–697.Nov–Dec;

Catania JA, Gibson DR, Chitwood DD, Coates TJ. Methodological problems in AIDS behavioral research: influences on measurement error and participation bias in studies of sexual behavior. Psychol Bull. 1990 Nov;108(3):339–362.

There is no debate (among experts) about the HIV risks associated with oral sex. The risk is so low that almost nobody who cares for HIV infected patients has ever had a patient believed to have been infected that way. Among experts, it's a semantic issue about using terms like "no risk" and "very low risk". There is no difference between my or Dr. Hook's use of "low risk" and other experts' "no risk".
DR. HANSFIELD

"And oral sex is basically safe sex -- completely safe with respect to HIV and although not zero risk for other STDs, the chance of infection is far lower than for unprotected vaginal or anal sex. Please educate yourself about the real risks. If you stick with oral sex and condom-protected vaginal or anal sex, you have no HIV worries and very little worry about other STDs. " DR HANSFIELD

"I am sure you can find lots of people who believe that HIV is transmitted by oral sex, but you will not find scientific data to support this unrealistic concern..." DR HOOK

"HIV is not spread by touching, masturbation, oral sex or condom protected sex."- DR. HOOK

in the public HIV Prevention forum of MedHelp, TEAK and the other moderators maintain that oral sex in all forms is a zero risk activity. Would you agree with this assessment?
I TOTALLY AGREE / DR GARCIA
"HIV is not spread by masturbation, through oral sex, through kissing or other casual contact." Dr. Hook
"The observation on thousands and thousands of observations is that HIV is not spread by oral sex (of any sort)." DR HOOK
"I would not say your risk ,if he had HIV is "slim to none"- that's too high.  I would say they are effectively zero.  How much of his ejaculate or other genital  secretions you may have swallowed makes no difference.  EWH "
"As far as HIV is concerned, there is no known risk of getting HIV from performing oral sex on an infected partner, even if that person's genital secretions get into your eyes or if you swallow." Dr.Hook
HIV is not spread by oral sex, giving or receiving, even if sores, gum disease or blood is present
DR HOOK
The fact is that there are no cases in which HIV has been proven to be transmitted by oral sex, including fellatio..  EWH
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by Emily_MHModerator,
And to clarify, it is this site's stance, based on studies and our own MedHelp experts (all of whom are world-renowned for their work in this field), that oral sex carries no risk for HIV.  
Emily
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I understand you and trust in you, really, But why does CDC say that "low risk" ?
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You'll need to contact them and ask, we cannot answer for them.
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We've discussed this ad nauseum here.  You can search the forum and find probably hundreds of discussions about this.

The CDC is a very conservative agency, they are not going to say something is impossible, due to liabilty reasons.

If oral sex was TRULY a risk, there would be new infections diagnosed daily from oral, and almost everyone would be infected.  The FACTS are, there aren't even statistical figures about oral sex leading to infection.  Even the CDC says there have been "a few reported cases".  A few is understood to mean "about 3".  So, IF those infections were TRULY a result of oral sex (which of course is subjective info, based on what someone reports)...I think 3 infections in 30 years isn't very significant.

You will see conflicting info about oral sex and HIV...you really have to decide for yourself what you want to believe.  Our stance is that it is NO risk.  The experts on this site also feel the same way.  Even though you may see them say "low risk"...they have stated numerous times that there is NO difference between their "low risk" and our "no risk".  It's semantics.
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Read this for a more thorough explanation about why oral is not a risk:

http://www.medhelp.org/health_pages/HIV/HIV-AND-ORAL-SEX-THE-FACTS/show/1278?cid=68
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Nursegirl, Thank you.. :)
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