I was told that I should test up until six months from a possible exposure. The year test was the start of yearly testing I want to begin as part of my routine exams.
I also tested at a year becasue there appears to be a lot of mix messages out there on testing,,,some say the window period is 3 month, some say 6 month and some even say that there have been cases where individuals have tested positive after a year. What is the truth?
Also, at my year test, I was told by the test counselor that there in no evidence that performing oral sex transmits hiv. That they only say that oral sex is a low risk becasue they operate and are funded by the CDC. Guidelines in parts of Australia advise that a six weeks test is conclusive. Other older guidelines claim six months are necessary for a definitive result. For these cases testing out to six months is warranted, according to the CDC's guidelines. Part of the reason for the confusion is that the testing window has been shortened in some guidelines as HIV-testing procedures have become more sophisticated and as we have learned more about the natural history of HIV and the body's immune response to infection.
You can read much more about this controversy and conundrum in the archives of this forum. I gave a BJ and got cum in my mouth all other posts claim no cum in mouth. No straight guy question about lap dances, but a real risk. What are my risks of HIV?
Frascino Hi, Actually it's been asked and answered numerous times. We have an entire chapter devoted to oral sex in the archives. The CDC's estimated per-act statistical risk for acquiring HIV from unprotected receptive oral sex including getting a mouthful of high-protein baby-batter with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 1 per 10, exposures. What's the Real Risk?
HIV is most easily transmitted through unprotected no condoms anal sex, unprotected vaginal sex, and sharing injection drug equipment. Oral sex has been shown to be less risky than these activities, but it is not risk-free. It is also possible to get other sexually-transmitted diseases STDs , such as syphilis , herpes, and gonorrhea through oral sex.
Studies on the Risks of Oral Sex Even though oral sex is a lower-risk activity, people have reportedly become infected with HIV in this way. A number of studies have tried to determine the exact level of risk of oral sex, but it can be difficult to get accurate information from study participants. Since oral sex is not the only sexual activity for most people, it is also difficult to single out oral sex as the definite way HIV was transmitted.
The take home message of these studies is that oral sex carries a small but real risk. Tips for Safer Oral Sex Oral sex is more risky if you or your partner have an untreated STD, bad oral hygiene bleeding gums, ulcers, gum disease , or take ejaculate cum in the mouth. There are things you can do to reduce the risk associated with oral sex: Don't have oral sex if you or your partner have mouth sores such as oral herpes lesions.
Look at your partner's genitals for lesions cuts or scrapes. If you find something, don't believe your partner if he or she tells you it was caused by the heat, the weather, or clothes. You should avoid any contact with the area until a health care worker has examined it.
Don't floss, brush your teeth, or do anything that would create abrasions or cuts in your mouth before performing oral sex. Use mouthwash or a breath mint instead. Avoid swallowing pre-cum, semen, or vaginal fluids. Use latex condoms for oral sex on a man try the unlubricated, flavored ones.
If you perform oral sex without a condom, finish up with your hand, or spit semen out and rinse with a mouthwash rather than swallowing. Use a dental dam or cut-open condom for oral sex on a woman or for rimming licking the anus. Dental dams are squares made from latex. Put some water-based lube on one side of the dental dam or a condom that has been cut open. Then stretch the dam or condom over the vagina or anus with the lubed side facing down.
This gives you a thin barrier between your mouth and the vagina or anus. Some people use plastic food wrap as a barrier. While plastic wrap has been shown to prevent the transmission of herpes infections, there is no proof that it will prevent the transmission of HIV. Avoid vaginal oral sex during menstruation to prevent contact with blood. Take care of your mouth. The likelihood of oral HIV transmission increases if you have bleeding gums, ulcers, cuts, sores, or infections in the mouth.
Find alternatives Try massage or mutual masturbation. Use a vibrator use a condom when sharing. Avoid vigorous, prolonged oral sex "deep-throating". Avoid mouth or throat trauma caused by a large number of partners in a short period of time. While the risk of becoming infected through unprotected oral sex is lower than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex, bad oral hygiene and taking cum in your mouth makes oral sex more risky.
If you would like to discuss these issues, see a sex educator or health care provider at your local AIDS service organization or treatment center.
This article was provided by The Well Project. I am an Emergency Room doctor, last week I had someone asked me wither being the insertive partner of oral sex getting sucked is a risk for HIV, I said no. Some of my colleagues said yes, we decided to debate this out like academics I can imagine you laughing and shaking your head at the screen right now. After some reading, I think the mixed opinion among doctors is pretty much same in the field of GU medicine. How I see it, theoretical risk is possible, but after years of HIV endemic billions of blow jobs later and no clear documented report of receptive to insertive oral sex HIV transmission, can't we just come to the consensus that there is no risk from insertive oral sex?
When we tell HIV scared people there is a very low risk, they don't really hear the "very low" part they just hear the "risk" part, hence the mountains of questions and anxiety about oral sex.
One can imagine a lot of day to day scenarios as a "theoretical risk": What if someone has bleeding gum and his spit came into contact with my eye when he sneezed near me. Has anyone thought to caught HIV that way? I think we get the picture here right? So whats the difference when the scenario is getting your willy sucked and HIV risk? Remember earlier in the epidemic people were worried about mosquito bites and HIV transmission?
Ever documented to have happened? Just like the hundreds of worried mums who bring their kids into the ER after their children got stuck with hypodermic needles found on the beach, any of them got HIV? Not that I have heard of. Understandably, it is a difficult thing to study, I can see so many confounding factors reading a few papers out there on the subject, but from most of discordant couple data we got, if they used condom consistently for virginal or anal sex the HIV -ve partner stays HIV -ve.
I wonder if they always used condom for oral sex, I think unlikely. You have more experience then most experts in the field, I will be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject, if I am wrong then there is a learning point for me from a well respected World expert! Many Thanks Response from Dr. Frascino Hi Kelvin, While I agree there is room for debate, I do not personally believe we can "just come to the consensus that there is no risk from insertive oral sex. However, there is indeed consensus regarding some of your other scenarios: These are indeed absolute no-risk situations.
From what I have read there hasn't been a documented case. Would you recommend testing if insertive oral sex is the only exposure for medical rather then anxiety calming reason? I live in the UK can't get to your Concerted Efforts performance, is great to see someone so talented. World Expert and a great musician!!! Be grateful if you could clarify Worried Response from Dr. Frascino Hi Worried, Actually it's just a question of semantics. Consequently my comments of "NOT nonexistent" could be consistent with "essentially zero risk.
However, since the sex police weren't there to confirm that insertive oral sex was the only type of sexual contact, I cannot be certain these guys were being completely honest. Regarding HIV testing, for guys who generally try to play safe but have unprotected oral sex with multiple partners, I recommend routine HIV-antibody testing every 6 to 12 months.
You can contact the foundation www. Generally they are sent out as token thank-you gifts for those who make donations to the foundation, but sometimes there are extra copies available on request. When is oral sex more risky? How can you reduce the risks? Doctors and researchers aren't quite sure how many people have got HIV from oral sex.
In late researchers looked at all the available evidence and calculated that the risk of contracting HIV from oral sex was very low, but that it wasn't zero. It is known that oral sex involves less of a risk than unprotected anal sex or unprotected vaginal sex. How risky is oral sex?
HIV is most easily transmitted by unprotected anal sex that is, without condoms , unprotected vaginal sex, sharing injecting equipment, and from mother to baby. It also depends on the viral load of the person with HIV, and the dental health of the person performing oral sex. Oral sex has been shown to be a less risky activity than these practices, but is definitely not risk free. It's also worth remembering that other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, herpes and gonorrhoea, can be quite easily transmitted through oral sex.
A number of studies have been published on the risks of HIV transmission from oral sex. But this study doens't have much credibility. The numbers were very small.
Plus some of the men in this study who initially said oral sex was their only risk activity later said they'd had unprotected anal sex.