4 infections you can catch through oral sex, remedies

Oral sex can be pleasurable and fun, but the risks of getting sexually transmitted diseases are not misplaced.

Couple in bed

Oral sex is a form of sexual activity, which involves the arousal of one's genitalia by his/her partner using the mouth (tongue, lips and throat).

Oral sex can spice up your life and can also make your partner reach orgasm. It is done before intercourse and during foreplay for sexual arousal.

So here we try to find out some sexual health risks of engaging in oral sex and remedies:

  • Syphilis

Syphilis is a chronic bacterial disease that can transmit through direct contact with an infected person during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can pass on from one person to another if the infected partner has sores on their penis, vagina, anus, rectum, on their lips or mouth.

  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS attacks the infected person’s immune system aggressively and can have deadly consequences. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, recurrent infections and rapid weight loss. HIV can transmit through oral sex if there’s an open wound in the mouth or the genital area of an infected person.

  • Herpes

Herpes can spread through skin-to-skin contact, caused by the herpes simplex virus. It can transmit to your genital area through oral sex if the infected partner has a cold sore around the mouth (oral herpes). Herpes can lead to sores, itching, and pain in the affected area.

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is a common virus that can affect both men and women. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can affect the mouth, throat, and genital area. HPV infection can lead to the development of stem-like protrusions or warts on the affected area.

How to ensure safer oral sex

  • The most common mistake people make during oral sex is not using protection while doing it. For safer oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis. 
  • Dental dams can be used to cover the vulva, vagina or anus.
  • Another common mistake is having multiple sexual partners as more people means more chances that someone may be having an STI.
  • It is also important to be aware of whether or not your partner is infected before having oral sex with them. Do not hesitate in asking them to get tested.

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