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Aids Myth: I can't get HIV/Aids from Oral Sex

This is an incredibly dangerous misconception that can have fatal consequences. Oral sex is considered either giving or receiving oral stimulation. This oral stimulation can involve the vagina, penis, or anus. Whether heterosexual couples, or homosexual couples, the risks that are being taken when performing or receiving oral stimulation are the same. The risk of contracting HIV/Aids is much lower than for anal or vaginal sex, but the risk is still present.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is caused by the disease HIV, which stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is contracted through direct contact of a mucous membrane, or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid. This bodily fluid can be from semen, blood, vaginal fluid, or preseminal fluid. HIV can be contracted from anal, vaginal and oral sex. HIV is a lifelong disease and can be fatal and is extremely serious. The risks of infection are much lower in oral sex than in anal or vaginal sex. However a risk still exists and is difficult to determine exactly. Its difficult to find situations where oral sex is the only sex practiced between two partners without anal or vaginal sex involved, therefore statistics are scarce. The main point, however, is that some statistics exist and the risk is present.

HIV can be transmitted orally if the following factors are present: If the mouth contains oral ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and other mouth sores that cause an opening to the bloodstream or a mucous membrane. There are several other factors that can increase risk of transmission during oral sex including the presence of other STDs. These other STDs, such as genital warts, can cause openings to the bloodstream/mucous membrane that can open the body to infection through these sites.

There are many ways of preventing the spread of HIV/Aids. Through practice of abstinence from anal, vaginal, or oral sex, a definite way of preventing the contraction of HIV/Aids is possible. Without abstinence there is not a definite way of prevention, however there are ways to lower your risk. Through monogamous relationships with a partner who is not infected, there is almost a definite prevention. When choosing a partner, make sure to be up front and honest about being tested. There are many clinics available that offer free HIV testing. Contact your local health clinic to set up an appointment. There are other preventative measures that can be taken to avoid contraction of HIV/Aids. Most notably would be a condom. A condom can be used for anal, vaginal, and oral sex. Of course there is always the argument that the use of a condom can lower the pleasure when receiving oral sex, but the risk outweighs the inconvenience. There are also preventatives called dental dams that can act as a physical barrier between the mouth and the vagina or anus.

Not being able to contract HIV/Aids from oral sex is a misconception and myth of the most dangerous kind. HIV is fatal and making yourself aware of the risks and preventatives will lower your chances of ever having to battle with this lifelong disease.