Are Risks For STD Transmission Lower With Oral Sex Or The Same As “Normal” Sex?

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Are risks of STD transmission lower with oral sex or the same as “normal” sex?

ChickRx expert Dr. Mandi Beman, Ob/Gyn:

Yes, the risk of oral sex STD transmission with is lower than “normal” sex, but by no means is it risk-free. Let me repeat that, oral sex is not risk free. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes and syphilis can all be transmitted through oral sex.

In fact, both performing and receiving oral sex carry a risk of becoming infected. Infected semen and vaginal fluid that contain bacteria and/or viruses can get into the mouth. Then any open sore or cold sore can let the bacteria or virus gain access to the blood stream. Like I said, this goes both ways. If the person who is giving the oral sex has a STD, the infection can pass from their blood stream (if they have an open sore or cut on their mouth) through the saliva to the vagina or penis, and be passed on to their partner.

The only way to truly 100% protect yourself from an STD is by not having sex of any kind…not vaginal, oral or anal. I know, it’s not fun to read and not fun to write either. If you are going to have sex, your partner and you should both get tested for STDs before having sexual contact. You should also always use condoms (male or female) because they do significantly decrease your risk of getting STDs. Remember though, they simply decrease this risk. That means that condoms are not 100% effective in preventing STDs, but they are your best option.

Be safe! Get tested! Wear condoms!

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