A great response to the controversy stirred up by Danny Pintauro’s disclosure of his HIV status and his contention that he became infected through oral sex. As someone who worked professionally in HIV/STD prevention I think this blogger has a very reasoned response. Oral sex is very low risk for HIV infection if you have a healthy mouth. Evidently Danny had cuts or sores which do provide a route of infection. Poor oral health is not uncommon among users of crystal meth. There are also some STIs/STDs that are more easily transmitted through oral sex. Here are the facts according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/riskbehaviors/oralsex.html
Danny Pintauro, who discussed his HIV positive status with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and later with Raven-Symoné and Candice Cameron Bure on the talk show the View, has revealed that he became HIV positive via oral sex. This statement from Pintauro has lead to criticism of Pintauro within the gay community (see Ken Schneck’s article ‘The Problematic Case of Danny Pintauro’ or read through any of the comments section on sites carrying the story). This kind of reaction is exactly the kind of reaction that shuts down the HIV prevention conversation and limits education.
When we place a standard on who can speak and how you can ask question; when we say unless you’re at this level of educated don’t talk about HIV or ask questions, we instill a culture of shame on people who want to converse, be educated and learn about HIV infection and prevention. We engaged…
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