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Can You Get An STD From Oral Sex?

Published: March 30, 2015
Dear Can You Get An STD From Oral Sex?,

I am a 15 year old girl and my boyfriend and I have never had sex before, but I recently gave him oral. I was wondering if we could get/give anything like a STD or STI from something like that if we were both virgins before


Dear Can You Get An STD From Oral Sex?,

According to Planned Parenthood:

When it comes to HIV, oral sex is safer sex than vaginal or anal intercourse. But other infections, like herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, and HPV can be passed by oral sex. Use condoms or Sheer Glyde dams to make oral sex safer.

But keep in mind that an STI can only be transmitted from someone who is carrying that STI. If neither you nor your boyfriend has an STI, you wouldn’t be able to transmit an STI between one another. The important thing to remember is that we can’t always tell by looking at someone if they have an STI or not. That said, we have to think about how much we really trust our partner if they tell us they have not been sexually active before or they have been tested in the past and know they do not have an STI. Your boyfriend may be a completely trustworthy person – but not everyone out there will be honest and not everyone out there will even know that they are carrying an STI with potential to pass it on.

The most important thing is to protect yourself by using condoms when having sex and condoms or Sheer Glyde dams during oral sex. It’s also important to make sure you are emotionally ready to be physical intimate. If you have any other questions or concerns, speak with your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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