His tongue was bleeding when he gave me oral sex. Should I get tested?

Dear Doctor, I received oral sex from someone whom I don't know the HIV status of. After ejaculating into his mouth, my penis was still in his mouth for at least the next 4 minutes. When he withdrew, he told me that his tongue was actually bleeding during the course of sucking my penis, but he didn't stop. I really don't know what to do now. Is there any way the blood can sip into the head of the penis? I am really freaking out right now. Am I gonna contract anything? When should I get tested?

Expert advice:

Unprotected oral and anal sex, be it with or without ejaculation, with someone of unknown status will put you at risk for STIs and HIV. The risk of HIV transmission through unprotected sex increases if there is contact with body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids and blood, with the presence of sores and broken skin. Condoms, when used correctly and consistently and where there is no breakage or leakage, provide effective protection against STI and HIV. 

If you wish to allay your fear and offer peace of mind, you may wish to get yourself tested. When doing a HIV screening test (ELISA or Rapid), you need to take note of the window period, which is between 1 to 3 months or 4 to 12 weeks after an exposure. The screening test can be done at the 1st month (4 weeks) as a baseline and repeat at the 3rd month (12 weeks) for a conclusive result. You may wish to include a Syphilis test as well.You may even consider a screening for other STI such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea now but not via a blood test as it is not reliable.


-- Source: DSC Clinic

Reader's Comments

9 years ago
DSC's answers are like a script.. They don't even address the question properly. Wonder what's the point of this QnA.
Comment #2 was deleted by its author on 2014-03-05 16:02