Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Can I get HIV from Oral sex?

The chance that an HIV-negative person will get HIV from oral sex with an HIV-positive partner is extremely low.
Oral sex involves putting the mouth on the penis (fellatio), vagina (cunnilingus), or anus (anilingus). In general, there’s little to no risk of getting or transmitting HIV through oral sex.
Factors that may increase the risk of transmitting HIV through oral sex are ejaculation in the mouth with oral ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which may or may not be visible.
You can get other STDs from oral sex. And, if you get feces in your mouth during anilingus, you can get hepatitis A and B, parasites like Giardia, and bacteria like ShigellaSalmonellaCampylobacter, and E. coli.
For information on how to lower your risk of getting HIV or other STDs from oral sex, see Oral Sex and HIV Risk.
Learn more about how to protect yourself and get information tailored to meet your needs from CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool (BETA).