HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks the immune system and can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV is primarily transmitted through sexual contact and the sharing of needles, but it can also be transmitted through oral sex.
The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is generally lower than through vaginal or anal sex, but it is still possible for the virus to be transmitted through oral sex if certain conditions are present. HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids, such as blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk, and it can enter the body through cuts or sores in the mouth or throat.
The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex can be reduced by using a condom or dental dam and by not allowing semen, vaginal secretions, or blood to come into contact with the mouth or throat. It is also important to avoid oral sex if you or your partner have any cuts or sores in the mouth or on the genitals.
In addition to using condoms and dental dams and avoiding oral sex if there are cuts or sores present, it is also important to get tested for HIV regularly and to know the HIV status of your sexual partners. If you are HIV-positive, it is important to take antiretroviral therapy as prescribed to suppress the virus and reduce the risk of transmission.
Overall, while the risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is lower than through vaginal or anal sex, it is still possible to contract the virus through oral sex. It is important to practice safe sex and to know the HIV status of your sexual partners to reduce the risk of transmission.