[Question #3251] Cunnilingus hiv

37 months ago
Hello docs,
I am trying to figure out what is the real risk of this activity.
I ve performed cunnilingus 40 days ago with a csw and I noticed some blood envolved dua to the previous activity.
If I search this online,  I find different points of view, like “some risk, low risk, very low risk or no risk”
My biggest concern is: I am married and I am not sure about my risk, should I get tested? 

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
37 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  Before I do, please let me urge you to not spend a lot of time looking on the internet for answers to this question.  All too much of what you will find there is taken out of context, out of date or just plain wrong.  All that searching the internet does for health-related problems is to fuel your anxiety.

Also before I answer your question, let me also point out that most CSWs do not have HIV, or other STIs.  As far as HIV-risk is concerns, there are no proven cases in which HIV has been acquired through performing cunnilingus on an infected sex partner.  The presence of blood would make no difference as the amount of HIV in genital secretions of infected persons is typically similar to that of blood.  If your only exposure was cunnilingus, I see this as a virtually no risk event with no need for HIV testing.

I hope this comment is helpful.  EWH