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Answermethis:
I gave a blow job. I stopped and ended the encounter in under 1 minute. To my knowledge this person was HIV negative but have no guarantee. There was no pre-cum, no ejection. 3 weeks later I had a full std screening. The test was negative for HIV. But positive for Hsv. Doctors told me that I could have been infected 10 years ago or 3 weeks ago there is no way to tell. I did have igm detected. I don’t want to take time away from people that are really struggling out there, my thoughts are with you! Is there any possibility that I could have been infected with HIV?

Jim Allen:
Hiya,

Giving a blowjob, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, and saliva also acts to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells. It's such a minute HIV risk that we don't recommend specifically testing over it, just test whenever normally next due routine yearly screening.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and, the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Answermethis:
Jim thank you! You provide great information and definitely are on here helping people and making a positive difference. I appreciate you!

Jim Allen:
You're welcome.

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