[Question #7245] Cunnilingus on Menstrual Blood

6 months ago
Hello Doctor,
I was making out with a girl yesterday night. We kissed each other and I was about to perform cunnilingus on her. I noticed she was wearing a pad so I asked if she was having her periods. She said she bled a little.

1. I did not actually put my mouth on her vagina and j
ust around the pubic area twice or thrice and once initially on the pad. I also kissed her butt but never near the actual anal opening. My question is if her blood was on the pubic area or near the butt and it directly came in contact with my mouth, which I am sure it did should I take the HIV test?

2.I fingered her once and then she was giving me a handjob after touching her vagina, could this be a risk activity as well?

Thank you.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
6 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services.

You needn't be worried at all. First, cunnlingus is very low risk for any and all STDs, and zero risk for some, including HIV. (There has never been a proved case of HIV being transmitted by cunnilingus.) Second, menstrual blood is no more risky for HIV or other STDs than genital fluids. Even for unprotected vaginal sex, intercourse during menstruation does not make HIV risk any higher than it would be without blood contact. Third, it is statistically very unlikely your partner has HIV, assuming she is not a sex worker, injection drug user, or an immigrant from someplace where HIV is especially common. (In the US, even among the most sexually active women, under one in a thousand has HIV.) Fourth, from your description you had trivial if any oral contact with your partner's genital fluids or blood. And finally, fingering and hand-genital contact never are risks for HIV or any other STD.

So all is well. You don't need testing for HIV or any other STD, and needn't be at all worried.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD


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6 months ago
Thanks Doctor.

Just few other questions:

1. If her panties had stains of blood or vaginal secretions and I did put my tongue on it, my risk would still remain the same?
2. If there were some kind of cuts on her body and when I was licking them, would that pose a risk ?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
6 months ago
The answers are pretty obvious from my reply above, don't you think? These additional details make no difference:  still no measurable risk of HIV.---
6 months ago
Thanks Doctor.

Just an update:
I am having a fever. Currently on 18th Day mark. Feeling a little week and the sinus drainage is a lot. 
Would you still not recommend testing for me?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
6 months ago
Neither HIV nor any other STDs cause nasal congestion or runny nose ("sinus drainage"). You caught a cold. Or maybe COVID-19. Contact your doctor to arrange testing for coronavirus, but I see no need for any other tests. These symptoms probably have nothing to do with your recent sexual adventures. Of course you're free to also be tested for HIV if the negative result will help you stop worrying.


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