Our expert says:
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi Wondering and thanks for posting.... I particularly welcome questions related to safer sex.
There is no risk in swallowing semen, provided of course that the "donor" is HIV negative. Semen is quickly digested once it gets to the stomach but there's a possible risk of infection if the person swallowing the semen has a throat infection or a lesion in their oesophagus through which the virus could enter their bloodstream.
Note that someone can have an STI (such as syphilis or gonorrhea) in his throat - he could pass that STI on to you if he performs oral sex on you.
Unless you know your partner is HIV negative it is advisable to avoid taking semen in your mouth, particularly if you have any small sores, cuts or blisters in or around your mouth. Of course, the follow-up question needs to be how could you really KNOW your partner's HIV status, especially when he may not really KNOW his own status?
Please post again if this is confusing.
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