Oral Sex The Key To HIV Antibodies?

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A new study suggests frequent exposure to HIV through saliva produces immunity.

Sometimes a study comes out that makes you go: "Waaaaait a second, science. Where's the catch? I'm on to you!"

Such was the case when we came across this gem of a research project that claims giving head to HIV positive men may inadvertently boost one's own immune system to the virus. Yes, Klara Hasselrot of Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet is hypothesizing that antibodies are formed in the saliva of HIV negative folks with HIV positive partners who let the tainted semen mingle in their mouth, but not in their private parts.

What? But we've been told since before we even wanted to give blowjobs that oral sex was absolutely a way to pass on the HIV virus. The elusive and frightening HIV and the ways it's spread have been so ingrained in our psyches that swallowing tainted semen and coming out healthier in the end throws off our safe sex equals no AIDS equilibrium. It's a bit disconcerting, if not in a good way.

Granted Hasselrot's study is based off only 25 homosexual men, so it may be a bit premature to proclaim it from the mountaintops (if not harmful to do so), but this is also the first ever evidence of such a thing.

All men recruited were in a long-term relationship with an HIV positive partner. Their semen was tested for IgA1 antibodies—which have been identified as protecters in some Kenyan sex workers. All men had high levels of IgA1, which scientists think develop once the HIV virus meets saliva. Instead of multiplying and turning into AIDS, it has a neutralizing effect.

This IgA1 antibody also seems to last the test of time too and thrive when exposed to a high level of the virus. In other words, the saliva just worked double time if exposed to a higher viral load of HIV.

Well, if nothing else this proves a viable (if not safe) alternative for those who find themselves in a relationship with someone who has a HIV positive status.

But we'd still be too chicken sh*t to try it.

 

Sometimes a study comes out that makes you go: "Waaaaait a second, science. Where's the catch? I'm on to you!"

Such was the case when we came across this gem of a research project that claims giving head to HIV positive men may inadvertently boost one's own immune system to the virus. Yes, Klara Hasselrot of Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet is hypothesizing that antibodies are formed in the saliva of HIV negative folks with HIV positive partners who let the tainted semen mingle in their mouth, but not in their private parts.