How Risky is Oral Sex?

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It’s something that doesn’t get talked about very frequently. Very few people use condoms or dental dams when performing oral sex and the risk of various STIs is certainly present. Herpes, gonorrhea and HPV are totally contractable via oral sex. But what exactly is the risk?

STD clinics have reported that 5 to 10 percent of patients have gonorrhea of the throat. Scarier still: Cases of antibiotic-resistant oral gonorrhea are on the rise (meaning these cases are harder to treat but not incurable).

…herpes. It presents the biggest threat of transmission through oral sex, and barrier methods don’t always prevent it. Most risky is the transmission of HSV-1, which typically shows up as sores around the mouth but which can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals. One study found that women who received oral sex but didn’t have vaginal intercourse were more than nine times as likely to contract the virus than sexually inactive women.

Food for thought.

Via Salon

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