Risk of HIV infection attributable to oral sex among men who have sex with men and in the population of men who have sex with men

AIDS. 2002 Nov 22;16(17):2350-2. doi: 10.1097/00002030-200211220-00022.


We examined HIV infection and estimated the population-attributable risk percentage (PAR%) for HIV associated fellatio among men who have sex with other men (MSM). Among 239 MSM who practised exclusively fellatio in the past 6 months, 50% had three partners, 98% unprotected; and 28% had an HIV-positive partner; no HIV was detected. PAR%, based on the number of fellatio partners, ranges from 0.10% for one partner to 0.31% for three partners. The risk of HIV attributable to fellatio is extremely low.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sexual Behavior*