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oral questions
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:28:20 AM »
I think I know what you're going to say,but here goes. I performed oral on a man for several minutes the other day. I have a few dental issues including a broken tooth a cavity and gums that bleed easily.

There was definitely no ejaculation but there may have been some pre um. Plus I think I tasted blood during the interaction. What was my risk? Is it possible there was enough blood in my mouth to make infection a reasonable fear? Are these fears even rational?
Thanks in advance

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Re: oral questions
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 07:06:52 AM »
nasda,

There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

Unless your oral health is exceedingly bad (think meth-mouth), you are worrying for no good reason. Whether or not to test is up to you. The earliest you should test is at six weeks. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days.

A six week negative must be confirmed at the three month point - when there has been a true risk, which in your case is doubtful - but is highly unlikely to change. You really only need to test if you're not in the habit of regular, routine testing.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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Re: oral questions
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013, 12:56:05 PM »
Thanks so much. I don't do meth,but I looked up meth mouth and my teeth aren't in that condition. I had a wisdom tooth extracted last year and the surgery broke a nearby tooth that I never got around to taking care of. I'm guessing that,a cavity, and the fact that my gums bleed some doesn't constitute a risk situation in your opinion. Would it also be alright to assume rushing to the clinic for pep is unwarranted?

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Re: oral questions
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 01:43:21 PM »
Your broken tooth  from a year ago and other conditions you describe do not constitute caveats. To the  risk assessment   
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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