Oral Sex


Oral sex is low risk for HIV but higher risk for some STIs. It can be lower risk if you use a condom.

Receptive oral sex with ejaculation in the mouth (giving oral sex) represents the highest exposure risk, especially if the insertive partner is HIV positive.

Oral anal sex (rimming) is low risk.

The risks from oral sex can be reduced if you:

• always use a fresh condom

• avoid oral sex if there are any signs of infection

• avoid oral sex if the person giving it has any cuts or sores in their mouth

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