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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
HIV and AIDS
HIV Transmission Through Oral Sex
Hi. I was with an HIV+ person and during the course of receiving oral sex, he jabbed his teeth into my skin over the pubic area. There was no cut or blood exposed, but the next morning I noticed the red inflamed teeth mark. My question is: can I be infected by his saliva? Thank you.
What you are describing constitutes a moderately low risk exposure, provided you were using some form of barrier protection in your genitals. Saliva carries a small (but not zero) risk of transmission when in contact with open sores or mucosa. The non-penetrating trauma to your skin that you describe has a much lower risk of transmission with an already low risk bodily fluid.
Francisco Gomez, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati