Dr. Jennifer Caudle, D.O., is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Family Medicine at Rowan University- School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Caudle graduated with Honors from Princeton University and earned her medical degree from Rowan University -School of Osteopathic Medicine.

She has served as an on-air health expert for local and national news networks including CNN, “The Dr. Oz Show”, Fox29 News Philadelphia, CBS Philly 3 News and many others.

Contact Dr. Caudle at her website,, or stay connected at her social media handles below.

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How do doctors keep kids from being born with HIV/AIDs when the mother has is?

  • Children most commonly get HIV in the following ways: from the mother during pregnancy, during labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. But, when HIV is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, transmission can be reduced to less than 1% if medical treatment is given, the virus becomes undetectable, and breastfeeding is avoided.
  • So the most important thing for a pregnant woman with HIV to do is to see her doctor asap and get proper treatment.

Can you get HIV/AIDS from oral sex?

  • It is possible to get or give HIV through performing or receiving oral sex, though the risk is much less than anal and vaginal sex. Furthermore, having mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores or other STD’s can increase the likelihood of transmitting HIV through oral sex.

Dr. Jen, If HIV is transmitted thru semen; can you contract through oral sex? Should a condom be used with oral sex?

  • It is possible to get or give HIV through performing or receiving oral sex, though the risk is much less than with anal and vaginal sex.
  • Using condoms or other barriers (dental dam, etc) between the mouth and genitals can lower the risk of contracting HIV or another STD through oral sex.

Can you get sexual transmitted disease while performing oral sex?

  • Yes! In addition to HIV, other STDs can be transmitted through having oral sex with an infected partner. Examples of these STDs include herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts (HPV), etc.
  • According to the CDC: “Abstaining from oral, anal, and vaginal sex altogether or having sex only with a mutually monogamous, uninfected partner are the only ways that individuals can be completely protected from the sexual transmission of HIV.”
  •  Using condoms or other barriers (dental dam, etc) between the mouth and genitals can lower the risk of contracting HIV or another STD through oral sex.

 Over the counter HIV kits. Which one do you recommend?

  • According to the CDC, there are only two home HIV tests available at this time: OraQuick In-home HIV test and the Home Access HIV-1 Test System. If you buy your test online make sure the HIV test is FDA-approved.

Is it easier to contract the disease via anal sex than vaginal?

  • Yes! Anal sex, without using a condom, is the highest-risk sexual behavior for getting or spreading HIV.

My little sister was just diagnosed and it’s been difficult. She had to call her ex and he gave it to her. It’s been lying dormant in her body for at least 7 years.  How can it go undetected for so long?

  • The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested for HIV. As many as 1 in 5 people in the US have HIV and don’t know they are infected.  You cannot rely on symptoms to tell you if you have HIV; some people do not have symptoms for 10 years or more.

What is the likely hood or the percentage of a woman passing HIV to another woman?

  • According to the CDC, Case reports of female-to-female transmission of HIV are rare. Keep in mind that vaginal fluids and menstrual blood may contain the virus and that exposure to these fluids through mucous membranes (in the vagina or mouth) could, potentially, lead to HIV infection.

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