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Can You Get HIV Or Other STDs From Oral Sex?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
ORAL SEX -Hi, im a 17 yr old virgin who decided to wait till im in love to have sex; well i been with my boyfriend for a a year and 2 months on and off and we r in love, he is 20 yrs old and had sex a few times but he saidd he got tested n came bak negative we havent had normal sex but i performed oral sex on him although i cant wait to have sex i want both of us to get tested first.- my question is: Can you get HIV or any other stds by having ORAL SEX?
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Dear Can You Get HIV Or Other STDs From Oral Sex?,

 

The risk of transmitting HIV is much lower with oral sex than it is with anal or vaginal sex. However, that does not mean it is totally risk-free. Oral sex does carry some degree of HIV transmission in any of the following situations:

·         One partner is known to be infected with HIV

·         Either partner’s HIV status is not known

·         One partner is not monogamous

·         One partner injects drugs with needles

·         Certain factors are present that may increase the risk of HIV transmission such as bleeding gums, oral ulcers, genital sores, or the presence of other STIs

In addition to HIV there are other STIs which can be transmitted through oral sex with an infected partner, such as:

·         Herpes

·         Syphilis

·         Gonorrhea

·         Cytomegalovirus (CMV) or

·         Genital warts (HPV)

·         Intestinal parasites

·         Hepatitis A

·         Hepatitis B

To learn more about this issue please read the CDC link on Oral Sex and the risk for HIV or Planned Parenthood’s online article Worth A Dam?.

When you feel ready to have intercourse, FX does think that it is a good idea for both of you to be tested for STIs. FX also thinks that it is important for you learn about various types of birth control methods and speak to a doctor about the best methods for you when it comes to practicing safer sex. To learn more about different birth control methods, please read Updated Information on Birth Control.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network gynecologists or adolescent medicine specialists.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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