[Question #2543] Question regarding breast/nipple

45 months ago
At a recent bachelor party, I licked whipped cream off of a stripper's breast/nipple. I may have had a small canker sore at this time, though I cannot be certain. While I assume the answer to this question is no, is there any risk for HIV transmission as a result of this incident? Thank you for your time.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

Your assumption is correct:  HIV is not transmitted by oral contact with skin or with breasts or nipples. Your canker sore does not create any additional risk. You needn't worry, do not need testing, and if you have a regular sex partner, you can safely continue your usual sexual practices without any risk of transmitting HIV or any other STD.

I hope this reply is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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45 months ago
Thank you for the reply, doctor. I have one (admittedly anxiety/guilt-driven) follow-up question:

If the woman had breast milk and/or blood on her nipple, it is my understanding that in order for the virus to be potentially transmitted, the person licking the woman's breast/nipple would need to have a large, open, actively bleeding wound in his mouth. Is this correct?

Thank you again for your time. Very much appreciated.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Even if she had HIV and milk present, and even with an open bleeding wound in the mouth, there would be little or no risk. Oral exposure rarely risks HIV, which is one reason oral sex and kissing carries no risk for HIV. 

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45 months ago
Thanks much, doctor. 

So is it safe to assume that in a case where there is no obvious/visible sign of blood and/or breast milk, there is essentially zero risk for HIV transmission through mouth-nipple contact?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
45 months ago
Even if there were visible blood or breast milk there would be little or no risk, for the reasons stated above. HIV is not transmitted sexually except by unprotected insertion of a penis into a vagina or rectum. Even oral sex is risk free or nearly so. No unprotected vaginal or anal sex and you'll never catch HIV. Certainly not from mouth contact of any kind, even with an infected person.

That completes the two follow-up comments and replies included with each question and so concludes this thread. Best wishes and stay safe, as you were in this event.
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