HIV transmission among gay men through oral sex and other uncommon routes: case series of HIV seroconverters, Sydney

AIDS. 2003 Oct 17;17(15):2269-71. doi: 10.1097/00002030-200310170-00020.


Seventy-five homosexual men with recently acquired HIV were interviewed about their risk behaviour. Fifty-nine reported unprotected anal intercourse, and one shared injecting equipment, with a partner not known to be HIV negative. Of the remaining 15, 11 reported protected anal intercourse. In five of the 15 we judged oral sex to be the most likely source of infection, including three men who had a genital piercing. The possible transmission risk from genital piercing should be investigated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • HIV Seropositivity / psychology
  • HIV Seropositivity / transmission
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needle Sharing
  • New South Wales / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior*