Get Down On It: The Link between Infection and Oral Sex

Oral sex includes all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth. This may include the use of the teeth, tongue, and throat to stimulate the genitals. Cunnilingus is the term used for oral sex performed on a woman, and fellatio refers to oral sex performed on a man. Analingus, on the other hand, refers to oral stimulation of the anus. Couples engage in oral sex as part of the foreplay before the intercourse, or during or after intercourse. It can also be done for its own sake.

Oral sex is beneficial in the sense that it is an extraordinarily effective way of helping a woman reach her climax. The extra stimulation provided by the tongue may help bring a woman to greater heights during orgasm. It can also help men who have minor difficulty obtaining an erection with the stimulation provided by a woman’s mouth, tongue, and throat.

Though engaging in oral sex cannot lead to pregnancy, there are risks you might want to consider before doing it. Oral sex does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases and bacterial infections. Here are some infections you might acquire from having oral sex.

HIV. HIV can be passed on through oral sex, although it doesn’t happen frequently. You have to beware of engaging in cunnilingus or fellatio if you have ulcerations in the mouth as it increases the risk.

Chlamydia. This bacterial infection may also appear in the mouth aside from the genital area. Performing oral sex on someone infected with this condition may pass the bacteria from their genital to the mouth of the given, and vice versa. A person with Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria in the mouth may pass it onto a receiver of oral sex.

Genital herpes. This is passed on when a giver has cold sores on the mouth.

Gonorrhea. This may infect the giverís throat, usually causing inflammation, pus formation, and soreness in the throat.

Bowel organisms. Certain bowel organisms may be present in the anal skin and may be transmitted by oro-anal contact.

Hepatitis. This viral infection may also be transmitted via oro-anal contact. Its virus can be found in feces and may be present on apparently clean anal skin.

Considering the risks enumerated above, prevention now comes to mind. Avoiding oral sex immediately negates any bacterial infections you might get from oro-genital or oro-anal intercourse. But since it is an enjoyable part of couple’s sex lives, the earlier advice may sound impractical.

Engaging in a clean, monogamous sexual relationship would minimize the chances of incurring sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms and dental dams may also be used to protect from passing on or getting infections from your partner’s genital or anal area. Knowing how to prevent being infected ensures that you can continually enjoy the pleasure of oral sex.

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