What Is Oral Sex?

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Oral sex involves using the mouth, lips, or tongue to stimulate the

  • penis (fellatio),

  • vagina (cunnilingus), or

  • anus (anilingus) of a sex partner

85% of sexually active adults report having had oral sex at least once with a partner of the opposite sex.

Is Oral Sex Safe? Can I Get An STD From Oral Sex?

Many STDs can be spread through oral sex. Anyone exposed to an infected partner can get an STD in the mouth, throat, genitals, or rectum. The risk of getting an STD from oral sex, or spreading an STD to others through oral sex, depends on a number of things, including

  • The particular STD.

  • The sex acts performed

  • How common the STD is in the population

It’s possible to have an STD in more than one area at the same time, for example in the throat and the genitals.

STDs can be spread to a sex partner even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms. STDs can be notoriously silent. If you are infected with an STD, you might not know it because many STDs may have no symptoms.

If You Thought Oral Sex Is Absolutely Safe, You Thought Wrong!

The risk of getting HIV from having oral sex with an infected partner (either giving or getting oral sex) is much lower than the risk of getting HIV from anal or vaginal sex with an infected partner.


But is not true for other STDs.
Take for example a study of gay men with Syphilis. 20% of these men only engaged in oral sex- no penetrative anal sex and yet they got syphilis.

It is possible that getting certain STDs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea, in the throat may not pose as great a threat to an infected person’s health as getting an STD in the genital area. However one has to remember that any other STD infection in the throat, damages the throat barrier and increases the risk of acquiring HIV let’s say you have had sexual exposure to someone who is HIV positive.

Mouth and throat infections by certain types of HPV may develop into oral or neck cancers. Men in particular clear HPV (Human Papilloma virus) from their mouth at a rate lower than women, hence explaining the increasing rates of oral cancers in men.

What Increases The Risk Of Transmitting An STD By Oral Sex?

  • Poor oral health like tooth decay, gum disease or bleeding gums, and oral cancer.

  • Having sores in the mouth or on the genitals.

  • Being exposed to the “pre-cum” or “cum” of an infected partner.

What Can You Do To Prevent STD Transmission During Oral Sex?

You can lower your chances of giving or getting STDs during oral sex by using a condom, dental dam or other barrier method each and every time you have oral sex.

For oral sex on the penis:

  • Cover the penis with a non-lubricated latex condom.

For oral sex on the vagina or anus:

  • Cut open a condom to make a square, and put it between the mouth and the partner’s vagina or anus.

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