October #75 : U.K./U.S. Orals - by John Hatchett

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Vagina Monologues

A Negative Exposure

A Dangerous Age

Dissing Disability Queens

POTUS Priorities

Hat Trick

The Chastity Beltway

Burn in Helms


Exchange Suit

Piece of Pie

Mama Bear

Naked Eye

Rock Steady

Hip-Hop Hope

The Viral Lode

Rent Checked

D.I.Y. Thoreau

Shingles Scene

The Brits Are Revolting

U.K./U.S. Orals

Chronic Fatigue

Pulp Friction

Snapshots: Rebekka Armstrong


Butt Out

Wart's Up?

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2001

U.K./U.S. Orals

by John Hatchett

How much HIV risk in condomless cocksucking? The riddle's as old as the epidemic, and recent developments on both sides of the Atlantic do little to crack it.

Brit health officials issued a summer PSA that skin flute may be riskier than you think -- 3 to 8 percent based on recent studies. Quickly qualifying, they then allowed that "this is likely an overestimate," adding, with dry Brit wit, "many are reluctant to admit high-risk activities."

Cut to California, where the prevention priests at UCSF interviewed 176 hummers, 96 percent of whom reported sucking unwrapped salami. At least 50 practiced their art on HIV-enhanced meat; almost 40 of those eschewed rubber and 30 swallowed. So how many new oral-sex infections? Zero.

What to make of these conflicting reports from the fellatio front? As long as the jury is out, the condoms stay off.

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