Oral sex is a medium-risk activity for most sexually transmitted infections. Want to know how to reduce the health risks from oral sex? You'll find out here.
Oral sex is when the mouth is used to stimulate someone's genitals, such as licking, sucking or kissing.
Most sexually transmitted infections can be passed on through unprotected oral sex.
Some, like gonorrhoea, genital herpes, genital warts, chlamydia and syphilis are easily caught through unprotected oral sex with a man or a woman. Though the risk is lower, HIV can also be passed on from a man during oral sex if his semen enters the bloodstream. This can happen if there are small cuts or sores in the mouth of the person giving him oral sex.
A woman's vaginal fluid can also contain the HIV virus and can pass into the bloodstream through cuts in the mouth.
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The risks from oral sex can be reduced if you:
There are plenty of ways to have safer sex.
Find out more about safer sex alternatives.