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Why is Syphilis on the rise?
Hi. We have seen an increase in syphilis, starting in 2011. In BC, the majority of cases (almost all) are now in men who have sex with men (MSM), many of whom also have HIV. The increase is possibly due to a number of things. One factor may be changes in social networks, otherwise known as "who you hang out with and have sex with". If an infection gets into a community or social... Read Full Answer
I just got a blow job. What STIs can I get?
Hi. The most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) passed with a blow job are gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HPV. The chances of getting HIV is considered low. If you had a throat infection, bleeding gums or sores in your mouth it may increase the chances for HIV. Herpes (cold sores) can be passed from the mouth to the genitals. For more information on oral... Read Full Answer
Is it possible to get HIV from a sex toy?
Hi. Yes, it is possible to get HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from a sex toy if it is shared between people and a condom is not used, or if it is shared before it is properly cleaned. For there to be a risk, the toy would need to come in contact with vaginal fluid, pre cum, semen, blood or rectal mucous. Once outside the body HIV does not... Read Full Answer
I just had some dental work and then gave a guy a blow job. I never use condoms for blowjobs. But now I am worried because my gums are bleeding a bit.
Hi. The risk for getting or passing HIV when you give a blow job is very low, but there are some things that could increase the chances. These include bleeding gums,sores in your mouth or a sore throat. It is hard to say whether getting dental work would increase the risk for HIV. It may depend on the health of your gums, the kind of dental work you had and the amount of time between... Read Full Answer
I have HIV. Can I give someone HIV if me and my partner are rimming each other?
Hi. The chances of getting or giving HIV from rimming are low. Blood on or around the anus or mouth could increase the chance of passing HIV. There are other STIs that are more easily be passed through rimming including hepatitis A, herpes, syphilis and HPV. It is possible but not common to pass gonorrhea and chlamydia. It is also possible to pass or get intestinal... Read Full Answer