About anonymous site and unprotected oral sex
Thank you for coming to AIDS Vancouver for your HIV related questions.
In regards to oral sex and risk factors here is the following information:
"Receiving" oral sex is considered negligible risk which means that while 'in theory" we can make a case for HIV transmission, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV transmission.
"Giving" oral sex (ejaculations in the mouth 'may' increase the risk but is still considered on the low risk spectrum) is considered low risk - which means that while there have a been a few reported cases, they have been very specific identifiers (like there was blood present, high viral load in HIV+ person). Although saliva has an enzyme that inhibits HIV, it is not recommended that we engage in oral sex immediately after brushing our teeth or shortly after dental work as the gums can be inflamed or bleeding.
As far as types of HIV testing goes, here is a breakdown of how it works in Vancouver (BC):
In BC, HIV is classified as a reportable and notifiable disease (please note that other countries will have different guidelines). This means that a preliminarily positive & positive result will be reported to the Medical Health Office (MHO) in the Health Service Delivery Area (HSDA) where the test was preformed. However, your name does not have to be attached to this result, so you can remain anonymous if you wish. The government collects demographic information about HIV positive test results to monitor trends and gain a better understanding of the prevalence and incidence of HIV in any particular area, region, province and country. This does not, however, mean that your name needs to be reported. When getting an HIV test you can choose from several types of testing that can protect your privacy.
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
Phone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666
The AIDS Vancouver Helpline is a volunteer-driven information, referral and support service related to HIV and sexual health. Volunteers are trained in active listening, HIV and sexual health information, and local resources and services. Volunteers are not doctors, nurses, or other licensed professionals. Volunteers do not give advice, and strive to provide service-users with adequate information and appropriate referrals.
Helpline volunteers uphold the agency’s confidentiality and privacy policies. Your calls, forum posts, and emails are anonymous. We welcome you to use a pseudonym or “fake name” when using Helpline services. We will not ask for or track your personal information. To ensure that the Helpline program is providing quality services, the Helpline Coordinator regularly monitors online content (forum posts and emails) and supervises volunteers who are receiving calls.
The Helpline Program should not be used in replacement of medical examination, diagnosis, advice counseling or follow-up care. We strongly recommend routine testing (HIV and STI tests) and discussing your healthcare directly with a physician.
We would love to hear from you! If you have feedback or questions related to the operations of the Helpline, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604.696.4666.