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FAQs HIV Transmission: “Can I get HIV from 0ral S.E.X?”

Can I get HIV From 0ral S.E.X?

The chance that an HIV-negative person will get HIV from oral s.e.x with an HIV-positive partner is extremely low.

Oral s.e.x involves putting the mouth on the pen!s (fellatio), vag!na (cunnilingus), or an#s (anilingus). In general, there’s little to no risk of getting or transmitting HIV through 0ral s.e.x.

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Factors that may increase the risk of transmitting HIV through 0ral s.e.x are ejac#lation in the mouth with 0ral ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and the presence of other s.e.xually transmitted diseases (STDs), which may or may not be visible.

You can get other STDs from 0ral s.e.x. And, if you get f3ces in your mouth during anilingus, you can get hepatitis A and B, parasites like Giardia, and bacteria like ShigellaSalmonellaCampylobacter, and E. coli.


If I Have HIV Can I Get Another Kind Of HIV??

Yes. This is called HIV superinfection.

HIV superinfection is when a person with HIV gets infected with another strain of the virus. The new strain of HIV can replace the original strain or remain along with the original strain.

The effects of superinfection differ from person to person. Superinfection may cause some people to get sicker faster because they become infected with a new strain of the virus that is resistant to the medicine (antiretroviral therapy or ART) they’re taking to treat their original infection.

Research suggests that a hard-to-treat superinfection is rare. Taking medicine to treat HIV (ART) may reduce someone’s chance of getting a superinfection.

Can I Get HIV From Casual Contact (Social Kissing)?

No. HIV isn’t transmitted

Only certain body fluids—blood, s3men (c#m), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and br3ast milk—from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through s.e.xual behaviors and needle or syringe use. Babies can also get HIV from an HIV-positive mother during pregnancy, birth, or br3astfeeding.

Can I Get HIV From Tattoos Or Piecing?

There are no known cases in the United States of anyone getting HIV this way. However, it is possible to get HIV from a reused or not properly sterilized tattoo or piercing needle or other equipment, or from the contaminated ink.

It’s possible to get HIV from tattooing or body piercing if the equipment used for these procedures has someone else’s blood in it or if the ink is shared. The risk of getting HIV this way is very low, but the risk increases when the person doing the procedure is unlicensed, because of the potential for unsanitary practices such as sharing needles or ink. If you get a tattoo or a body piercing, be sure that the person doing the procedure is properly licensed and that they use only new or sterilized needles, ink, and other supplies.

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