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Another oral sex post
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:34:22 am »
Bi male here with some anxiety, though I've read through a few similar posts with some assurance.

Recently had an encounter with another male, mostly light no risk activities. We did however do oral, I briefly gave him a BJ and swallowed some ejaculate that was exposed i.e. outside his penis several seconds after he had cum. I didn't think much of it at the time in terms of HIV transmission. Fast forward a week with a sore throat and abdominal discomfort, and my thoughts keep going there even though I know that if anything I should just be worried about STIs.

My main concern is the swallowing. Does even just ~10 seconds of seminal fluid exposure to the outside render HIV cells incapable of infection? Or is that only true for infected blood? It is very difficult to find consensus about this online and I want to stop Googling.

I know you've covered virtually every angle of oral sex risk in other posts but maybe a personal response will help ease my anxiety. Always use condoms here, oftentimes even for oral, so this is freaking me out a little.

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Re: Another oral sex post
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 11:28:09 am »
Hiya,

The fluid exposed outside the body is not a concern, although your HIV assessment either-way remains unchanged, this due to any contact with fluid inside the mouth from his penis not exposed or noticed.

Your assessment over this encounter is simple:

The virus is very fragile, and your mouth lacks without damage as in gaping open wounds the route (cells) for HIV to infect, on top of this saliva has dozens of protein and enzymes that damage the virus and render it unable to infect.

Its such a minute (near negligible) HIV concern that we don't recommend stressing or testing over a giving a BJ outside of standard yearly routine screening that you should at least be doing anyways.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for acquiring far easier to transmit STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all 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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Another oral sex post
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 07:03:12 pm »
Ok thank you. That provided some comfort until today when I noticed a red bump on the roof of my mouth, still with the other symptoms....and then I started Googling again. I guess it freaks me out too because I'm pretty healthy and don't typically see these issues. I'll just go and get tested for STIs/HIV in a couple weeks, and hopefully find a way to deal the stress in the meantime.

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Re: Another oral sex post
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 02:43:19 am »
Hiya

Relax, stop hyper-focusing on things, simply see your GP regarding anything that is making you sick and, treat it.

Best, Jim

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