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Safer Oral Sex!

By on April 8, 2013
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Oral sex feels good. 

If cable TV and the internet are any indication, fellatio (mouth to penis stimulation) and cunnilingus (mouth to  vagina  stimulation)  is as popular as a Kardashian. But know that oral sex can hold risks for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV?

Given the scope of the American HIV and STI epidemic, too many guys are not using condoms, dental dams, etc. for oral, vaginal or anal sex. And even fewer are willing to adopt the idea of using a latex or polyurethane barrier during oral sex or even discuss the option with a sex partner. There are lots of reasons for not using latex protection, including the idea that condoms take away pleasure, the risk is small, etc. Be clear, there is a sexual risk of HIV and other STIs in the absence of a latex barrier. Safer oral sex can be pleasurable. Read on.

Loss of Pleasure/Feeling

Novelty items (i.e. flavored condoms/ lubricant, “head candy”, deep throat spray, and vibrating toys) can enhance pleasure while still offering you protection. Many products will make you forget all about that little sheet of rubber on your penis. Practice using them and you’ll see. Also, novelty condoms made specifically for oral sex are usually micro thin and can enhance pleasure and still reducing risk. Please note that only latex condoms (vs. animal skin) are known to give protection for HIV and STIs.

Oral Sex and My Risk

In public health circles, oral sex is often discussed as a lower risk behavior for an STI but the stats also remind us that every year hundreds to thousands of people are diagnosed with an STI stemming from an oral sex experience. It’s generally accepted that those performing oral sex are more at risk that those receiving because of the potential to receive ejaculatory or vaginal fluids in the mouth. Some men and women are simply willing to take this risk, but it is very important to understand just what you are risking.

Individuals can contract ANY bacterial infection, and a number of VIRAL infections from a partner that performs oral sex on them.  For example, your partner could have gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, genital warts (HPV), syphilis etc in the throat/mouth and if so, there is a HIGH risk of them passing these infections to you. In fact, oral cancer rates have increased among young men and women who perform oral sex due to HPV infections. You can also give any of these infections to your partner. Who wants to have that awkward moment explaining an STI in the throat? HIV can be transmitted from an infected to an uninfected person via oral sex. It is a risk to have oral sex without a latex barrier.

Think About This

If infected blood, semen, vaginal secretions or breast milk, are exposed to your anus, vagina, head of penis, or makes contact with broken skin or areas of body with mucosa membranes (i.e. eyes, nose, throat, mouth, etc.) there is a risk. Oral sex without a latex barrier is a risk. How much risk are you willing to take?

Zero sexual risk means no sexual contact. Abstinence. Take charge of your sexual health, protect yourself and protect others.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Ronald

    November 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Sex and sexual health is a conversation we all need to be having and not make it such a taboo subject. A conversation without prejudice or preconcieved notions.

  2. Walker

    November 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    This is great information and I appreciate the candid talk. I’m not just saying that because I’m also the publisher.

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