Oral sex involves using the mouth, lips, or tongue to stimulate the penis fellatio , vagina cunnilingus , or anus anilingus of a sex partner. The penis and testicles and the vagina and area around the vagina are also called the genitals or genital area. Oral sex is commonly practiced by sexually-active adults. Many STDs, as well as other infections, can be spread through oral sex. Anyone exposed to an infected partner can get an STD in the mouth, throat, genitals, or rectum.
What infections can I catch through oral sex?
Oral Sex and STIs
Back to Sexual health. Oral sex is the stimulation of the genitals using the mouth and tongue. You can catch an STI if you have just one sexual partner. However, the more partners you have, the greater the risk of catching an infection. The symptoms of an STI vary depending on the type of infection. However, most STIs are treatable if detected early enough. If left untreated, STIs not only are uncomfortable and embarrassing but also can seriously affect your health and fertility.
Oral sex and STIs - what you need to know
Can someone be infected with a sexually transmitted infection STI from oral sex? Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be spread through oral sex. However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam. There are different terms used to describe types of oral sex:.
The virus is transmitted between partners when the fluids of one person come into contact with the blood stream of another person. This contact can occur from a cut or broken skin, or through the tissues of the vagina, rectum, foreskin, or the opening of the penis. Oral sex ranks very low on the list of ways HIV can be transmitted.