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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from oral sex?

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You might get HIV from oral sex. But it's not nearly as likely as when you have anal or vaginal sex. Still, it can happen.

HIV is spread through specific body fluids: blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal and rectal fluid, and breast milk. The person who ends up with semen or vaginal fluid in their mouth during oral sex is at greater risk. Always use a condom, latex barrier, or dental dam.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

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