Is oral sex safe sex?
There is a common myth that oral sex is the safest sex because
you won't get pregnant and you won't get any STDs from it.
It is absolutely untrue that you can't get sexually transmitted
diseases from oral sex. In fact, the opposite is true. Because the
tissue lining the mouth is so delicate and less elastic than the
vagina, it is easily broken and is not a good barrier to bacteria and
viruses. In addition, the mouth and lips more often have dried or
cracked areas and so it can be easier to contract a disease
through oral sex. Chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis
B, HIV, and genital warts (HPV) are some of the most common
STDs spread through oral-genital contact.
If you are sexually active it is a good idea to get tested for STDs routinely. Here are some common signs that you may have caught an STD:
To have safe sex, you need to use a condom during fellatio (oral sex on a male), just like during intercourse. Try to find a brand without lubrication or wipe it off. If you practice cunnilingus (oral sex on a female), your partner should use a dental dam. This is a square piece of latex that should be placed over the vulva so that there is no direct contact or exchange of bodily fluids. These precautions should help to reduce the risk of transmitting any STDs.
- Unusual discharge of any fluid from the vagina
- Pain or irritation when urinating or during intercourse
- Sores, blisters, ulcers, warts, lumps or rashes anywhere in the genital or anal area
- Itchiness or irritation in the genital or anal area