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risk of receiving oral sex
What is the risk of receiving oral sex? I received a ******* from a prostitute in Asia and I am worried I could have put myself at risk from an unprotected ******* and there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet. Please help me as I am very anxious.
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Oral sex is no risk. A lot of sites will tell you little risk but no one has ever gotten HIV from receiving oral sex.
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Thanks Vance. So if so many sites say there is a risk, why is this saying there is no risk? HIV has been found in saliva so why can it not infect through a *******? It is so scary for  me.
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Can you get HIV through kissing? No so saliva is not a transmission route. Saliva actually has enzymes that inhibits HIV.
It is not a risk because as I said there has not been one reported case of HIV transmission via receiving oral sex.
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Vance, I do appreciate your responding to me. It is hard to believe that there has not been one reported case of acquiring HIV through receiving oral sex. Even the CDC says it is a risk factor. So who do I believe? Because some sites say you can get it through oral sex and some people claim to be infected through receiving oral, I am so confused. Is there any reference you can point me to so I can verify this and put my mind at ease and move on? You can appreciate that this is an internet forum and it is hard to judge what is real and not. I am trying to learn more so as to better protect myself. Can anyone else also give their view?
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There has never been a documented verifiable case that links HIV from oral sex. However there has been sudies that showed that HIV is not transmitted via oral sex between persons in serodiscordant relationships. As Vance explained that saliva is not infectious and has over a dozen different enzymes and proteins that inhibit HIV transmission.
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The CDC is a government site and has to be conservative on it's estimates. Reciving oral sex as I said has never been 1 reported case. Giving oral sex to a man there have been reports but that is in interviews after the fact and you can never get someone to be 100% honest.
On respected websites it is called Theroritical Risk, meaning in theory it is possible, like in theory it is possible to travel in time. But humans don't travel in time. But in theory humans could.
Documented risk is what is known to happen. Unprotected vaginal and anal sex are documented risk.
Here is a link to a study that was done that should help you out.

http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/2AF5DF5C-ECEF-4854-80BA-09F86B483A02.asp
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Thank you both so much. So if there is a risk, it is theoretical only and practically does not happen? I did not perform oral sex on the woman but she did on me. So there is no need to test at all for HIV in relation to this incident and I must move on? Is there even a minute risk that I should test for or should I forget about it?

Thanks again and I hope not to be back.
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Here's Dr Gallant's reply to a question regarding oral sex.  He's Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  



Risk with oral sex

Posted on Jun 3, 2008
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Dr. Gallant

I just want to know if there have been any changes in the way hiv can be transmitted. Of course main concern is oral it seems alot of people now quote the CDC as saying 1 in 20k for insertive oral as though this is now a fact and people do get infected this way just not that often. You have always said NO risk and I just wanted to know if you have heard or read anything that might start to make this type of exposure even a little risky? My partner and I always try to be safe and just want to make sure.

Thanks


On Jun 3, 2008 Joel E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H. replied:
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The 1 in 20,000 number is not a "fact." It's a number that the CDC came up with that was a complete guess based on a series of questionable assumptions. I discussed this in a prior answer, but I don't have the energy to go back and look for it--it somewhere in the Prevention and Transmission archives. Fortunately, the difference between 1/20,000 and none is pretty small. There are no changes in the modes of HIV transmission.


Posted on Jun 11, 2008
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So is it still safe to get unprotected oral and deep kiss? It seems as though you are saying that this 1 in 20k was just put out there but people dont get hiv this way. If I am wrong or understood you wrong please tell me. Condoms are always used for everything else.


On Jun 11, 2008 Joel E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H. replied:
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Yes, that's what I'm saying. Even if the 1 in 20,000 were true, that would still mean that it was quite safe.
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Thanks so much for this. I guess oral is not as risky as I thought it was. Thanks for posting this. I am still not 100% convinced but it might be my anxiety talking. I am going to try and let this go.
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