Email There are several ways to prevent getting or transmitting HIV through sex. You can also use other HIV prevention methods, below. If you are living with HIV, the most important thing you can do to prevent transmission and stay healthy is to take your HIV medication known as antiretroviral therapy or ART , every day, exactly as prescribed. There also are other options to choose from, below. The more of these actions you take, the safer you can be.
Can HIV be transmitted through oral sex (fellatio and cunnilingus)?
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You could get sick enough to go to the emergency room or just feel a little unwell. Sometimes, the flu is just the flu. Clinical Latency Stage After the acute phase, the virus typically becomes less active in the body for as long as 10 years, during which you might have no symptoms at all. An HIV test will detect the virus during this period. The signs of HIV infection are easy to miss or misinterpret. There is not one set of symptoms that defines AIDS. When immune system damage is severe, people experience opportunistic infections.
There is little to no risk of getting or transmitting HIV from oral sex. Other STDs and hepatitis can be transmitted during oral sex. Latex barriers and medicines to prevent and treat HIV can further reduce the very low risk of getting HIV from oral sex.
The risk of getting HIV through oral sex is low, but not non-existent, when a person with HIV does not have fully suppressed viral load. Many people find oral sex an intensely pleasurable experience. People use different terms to refer to oral sex including formal terms like fellatio and cunnilingus and slang terms like blow jobs and giving head.