Can I get an STI from oral sex?

Have you asked yourself if you are safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) if you are having oral sex? Is it possible to catch STIs such as herpes, pubic lice, HIV and Hepatitis A from oral sex if your partner has an STI? The answer is yes! Oral sex can cause STIs in your mouth and throat. You can also get an STI on the penis or vagina from a partner who has a mouth infection. It is also possible to be infected with HIV, hepatitis A and B, genital warts and pubic lice from oral sex.

This is how you can get infected:

Herpes causes cold sores and blisters on the genitals. If your partner has a mouth infection and their mouth touches your genitals or private parts, then you can get infected as well. If your mouth touches their infected genitals, then you also can get infected on your mouth.

Pubic lice can be passed on to facial hair such as the beard and spread from there.

HIV is passed through bodily fluids such as semen (cum) and pre-cum. If your partner ejaculates (or cums) in your mouth during oral sex then the risk of HIV infection is even higher. If your female partner is on her period, chances of contracting HIV are higher if she is HIV-positive.

Hepatitis A is spread if your mouth comes into contact with an infected person's anus.

It is always important to use a condom when having oral sex because the risks of contracting an STI from oral sex are real. You can also use a dental dam, a piece of latex that covers your partner's private parts or anus so there is no direct contact. For more information in STIs check out: here

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