How to prevent STDs from oral sex ?
Oral sex is one of the common sexual act also brings in fear of contraction of STD /STI. As the oral sex involves, the act of sexual intimacy from mouth-to-penis (fellatio), mouth-to-vagina (cunnilingus), or mouth–to–anus. There is a possibility of transmission of Sexual transmitting Infection (STI) caused by the bacteria that dwell in the warm, moist and soft place. They can spread from penis, vagina, anus to mouth and the other way around.
What are the chances of getting the STDs from Oral Sex?
That depends on various factors like
- the type of STD
- number of sexual act
- kind of sexual practice
- A commonality of STD in the population to which the sex partner belongs
STIs that are commonly caught through oral sex are:
- genital herpes
Oral sex causing Chlamydia symptoms (Image)
Chlamydia in throat is observed if a man or a women is receiving oral sex through vagina, penis or rectum of the infected person.
Similarly, if the infected person has Chlamydia in throat it can transfer the disease on to the penis/vagina and rectum area of a healthy person
Oral sex causing Gonorrhea symptoms (Image)
Like in case of Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea in throat is observed if a man or a women is receiving oral sex through vagina / penis or rectum of the infected person.
Similarly, if the infected person has Gonorrhea in throat, it can transfer it to the penis/vagina and rectum area of a healthy person
Oral sex causing Syphilis symptoms (Image)
Syphilis is observed in the form of rashes or sore in the lips/ mouth or throat, if a person receives oral sex through genital area, anus, buttocks, or in the rectum of an infected person.
if the infected person has syphilis sore or rash on the lips or mouth, or in the throat, it can transfer it to the penis/vagina and rectum area of a healthy person
Infected areas in oral syphilis are not limited to the throat but also spreads to lips, mouth also gets affected.
Oral sex causing Herpes type 1 & 2 symptoms (Image)
Herpes in the throat is observed if an infected man or a woman is giving oral sex to vagina/penis or rectum of his partner.
Receiving oral sex from a partner who already has herpes on the lips, mouth, or in the throat can result in getting herpes on the genital area, anus, buttocks, or in the rectum.
You can prevent STDs from oral by doing the following things
- Protection for Penis : Make sure your partner wears a condom
- Cover the penis with non lubricated latex condoms
- Protection for vagina
- Dental dam can also be used to cover the anus or female genitals during oral sex.
- If possible, have a word with your partner about its sexual health in past.
Seek out testing and treatment options
There is no point taking chances. Get tested for STDs immediately, especially when you have unprotected sex or with a new partner. Google the phrases such as ” STD testing near me.” “STD testing centers”, “STD clinics”, and “Planned Parenthood” etc.
It is necessary to get tested because the above STDs can be cured with proper treatment. If you are sexually active, you should get tested regularly for STDs and HIV and talk to your partner(s) about STDs