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Ending HIV is a sexual health campaign for gay, bisexual and other guys who have sex with guys, based in NSW, Australia. As such, we prioritise questions received in relation to these communities. If you are living overseas or in another state, there may be limits to the support we can provide. While our peers are highly knowledgeable, they can’t give specific medical advice. Whatever your concern, always seek the advice of a doctor or trained medical professional you trust.

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Can i get HIV from blow jobs?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

Can get hiv from a hiv positive men by doing oral sex

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. If your partner knows they are HIV positive, then there is a good chance they are on treatment and have what's called an undetectable viral load. This means that their HIV treatment has reduced the amount of the virus in their system to undetectable levels which means there is no risk for HIV transmission. We'd encourage you to speak to your partner about their status and whether or not this might be the case. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

Hi, I received oral sex for about 10 seconds and I didn’t ejaculate, I did have precum. Is this a risk?

Hi there thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

I am a 21 year old male. I am a virgin. I had my first oral sex experience with a guy 95 days back. I sucked him for about a minute and at the end, he cummed little in my mouth. The cum can be assumed as a mere 2 drops. I spitted it later after 20 minutes, following which I gargled and flossed my mouth thoroughly. After another 20 minutes, I brushed my teeth and cleaned my tongue and again rinsed thoroughly. I am worried if I may get HIV. Nothing else had happened other than this act. Please help me with this. I would like to inform that my mouth is completely healthy without any cuts, ulcers or wounds. I haven't brushed or done anything before doing the act. Regarding that guy, he had 4 sexual encounters previously. He claimed that he had protected sex with all of them. And he said he is hiv negative and got tested. Now its a known fact that he cannot transmit hiv if he is negative. But please answer my query considering he is lying and is positive.

Hi, Thanks for your question. There is no need to worry - Oral sex is considered very low risk for HIV transmissions! Although this risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and there are cuts or sores present, the risk is still considered to be quite low. Based on your description of what’s happened the chances of HIV being transmitted is very unlikely. However, other STIs can be transmitted during oral sex, but this isn’t much to worry about either! There are plenty of treatments that are accessible if you were to ever get an STI. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups and to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) even if they are showing no symptoms (because some STIs are asymptomatic). If you live in NSW you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/. If you have further questions and live in NSW, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Im a boy and I had oral sex with a girl, after sex I have been tested for hiv 1 and 2 months and my results is negative. Should I be worry about it? And today is 90 days and Im going to test again, is it enough 90 or I should wait until 180 days ???

Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you get tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure - or as you have written, at 90 days). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

Can u get hiv from receiving oral sex

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

Is there a need to be sufficient amount of precum to be at risk if you give oral sex? (And you have a small ulcer in your mouth?)

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low regardless if there is precum in the mouth or not. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.

recently i had oral sex.... with a guy... although he didnt ejaculate on my mouth... bt my lip was slightly cut... without bleeding... just lip skin was torn.... do i have risk of hiv? also i have seen red bumps on my throat (as i was stress eating ice cream) i have slight pain on right shoulder.... no significant pain... bt sometimes i feel a slight pain on joints (not any specific joint) that last for 1-2 seconds.... please help me... 🙁 i dont want to die... not this early 🙁

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present as you have described, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during oral sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/. Symptoms for HIV can look very similar to other things. In terms of the slight pain you’re experiencing or the red bumps on your throat, if it is persistent and causing issues for you, we recommend consulting with your doctor for further medical advice and to see what might be happening with your body. The good news is that HIV is no longer a death sentence, and people who are diagnosed with HIV who go onto treatment can live long healthy lives, just like their HIV negative peers. If you are experiencing anxiety around HIV, we also recommend talking to a doctor or counsellor who specialises in HIV who can provide you with any information and support you may need. ACON also provides HIV counselling, which you can find here: https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/mental-health/#hiv-counselling. If you have more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Does swallowing semen causes hiv....nd with hiv cause from the people have hiv while doing sex

Oral sex is very low risk for HIV transmission. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and cuts and sores are present, though this risk is still considered quite low. The risk for other STIs to be transmitted during sex can be different. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test for HIV and STIs four times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/.