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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/.

I did 69 with a stranger, who had some precum. I had a sore throat (day 8 of strep throat antibiotic treatment), no fever or much pain in throat. 20 days later i still have a sore throat, some lymph nodes painful and swollen (not much) beneath the jaw and i'm worried. i did a test for hiv at 2 weeks which i know isnt accurate, and one on day 26. im just worried, due to my sore throat, and his unkown status......ever heard of such a case where hiv was indeed transmitted?

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/.

Girl suck my penis She put saliva on my penis an suck Can I get hiv

Hi there, thanks for your question. Oral sex is very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to test at least four times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic.

Why is HIV transmission risk for oral sex low, yet breastfeeding high? What difference is there between breast milk and semen in terms of transmission risk?

Hi, That’s a really good question! For HIV to be transmitted it requires the bodily fluids (blood, semen, front hole or vaginal fluids, rectal fluids or breast milk) from a HIV positive person who is not on treatment to enter the bloodstream of a HIV negative person. There are many variables that determine HIV risk, with one of them being how easy it is for one of these bodily fluids to enter the blood stream. Often this is through unprotected penetrative sex or sharing injecting equipment. You can read about HIV and how it’s transmitted on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/sti/hiv/. Oral sex is considered low risk for HIV transmission as the tissue of the mouth and throat are less susceptible to infection. This risk can increase if there is cumming in the mouth and there are cuts or sores present which create easy points of entry for HIV. However, this risk is still considered low. If someone cummed in a person’s arse during anal sex and didn’t use a form of protection, this would be considered as high risk as anal tissue is more susceptible to tears which create points of infection for HIV. From these examples, we can see that that the risk of HIV being transmitted through semen is based on the risk of the acts themselves and how much easier it is for HIV to enter the bloodstream. Breastfeeding also poses risk for HIV transmissions as breast milk is a bodily fluid that can carry HIV. However, the risk of HIV transmission can be significantly reduced if an effective HIV prevention strategy is being used. This includes condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or undetectable viral load (UVL). You can read up about these options on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/. If you live in NSW and have further sexual health questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone. If you are in need of further medical advice we recommend consulting with your doctor or health professional.

Hi I had oral sex with a male and I was giving felatio, I am negative and he is unknown , but when he ejaculated my mouth was not directly on it and it actually dripped a little inside my mouth , I thought I had a small cut in my teeth a very small one , but I am not sure my oral health is always healthy , and it has been more than a year since this happened , but I’m living in fear and I am thinking I have it . What is the risk ? And also the it was super hot in the room like very humid .

Hi, Thanks for your question. 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, sores or an infection present in the mouth, this risk is still considered quite low. However, the risk for the transmission of other STIs during oral sex can be different, but that’s okay since most of them are easily treatable! The only way to know what your sexual health status is to get a sexual health test. To have peace of mind we would recommend you get tested for HIV and STIs soon. We recommend to people who have been sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups and to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. (even if you’re showing no symptoms as 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 live in NSW and have any further 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.