Oral Sex: Experts Warn It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

Oral sex is using the mouth or tongue around the genitals (vagina, penis and anus) during sex. Oral sex was thought to be less risky than intercourse in terms of STD transmission, but the practice has become very common, and experts say it’s one of the major STD transmission methods today. According to one study, more than 85 percent of sexually active people between the ages of 18 and 44 reported having oral sex with their opposite-sex partners at least once.

The risk

Oral sex-related infections can be transmitted from either the mouth to the genitals or from the genitals to the mouth. Although the use of plastic-like barriers (e.g., dental dams) is advised, how many of us can imagine rubbing our tongue on a piece of plastic? According to experts, the practice has become so common that more people than we realize are infected with oral sex-related infections. Some of the major STIs you can get from oral sex are syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea, but these are curable. Others, such as HPV and herpes, can only be treated and not cured. Some people are cautious and have their genitals tested before engaging in sex, but this does not reveal anything about the infections that are hidden inside the throat. Some experts believe that HPV, which is transmitted through oral sex, is the leading cause of throat cancer.

Most people do not consider oral sex to be dangerous because the symptoms can take time to manifest. Perhaps many of us are unknowingly carrying these STIs.

Some of the most common STIs transmitted through oral sex are:

genital herpes

gonorrhoea

(HPV)

syphilis

Some of the less common STIs transmitted through oral sex are:

HIV

hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C

Chlamydia

pubic lice

genital warts

Stay safe; there are many alternatives to oral sex. Don’t take

the risk.

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