If you have an active sex life, you may want to know the dangers of oral sex. Oral sex is popular among teens as a way to get around actual intercourse and both heterosexual and homosexual adults. Oral sex is oftentimes considered safer than sexual intercourse; however, that is not the case. Oral sex can carry as many dangers as sexual intercourse.
- Sexually Transmitted Disease. STD’s can be transferred between partners during oral sex. HIV can be passed through oral sex although it is not likely. Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, and Chlamydia are also able to be transmitted through oral sex.
- Bacterial and Viral Infections. The bacterial infections are spread during oral sex when the mouth touches the anus; however, since the genitals are in close proximity to the anus catching them is a possibility during oral sex. Hepatitis A, B, and C can all be spread through oral sex. Bowel organisms such as salmonella, campylobacter, and shigella can be spread through oral sex.
- Herpes. The Herpes Simplex Virus can be spread through oral sex. There are generally warning signs you should look out for such as ulcers on the genitals. Also watch for the person giving the oral sex to have cold sores around their mouth. Herpes can be spread from mouth to genital contact as well.
- Reduce the Risks. Use a condom to help reduce the chance of catching an STD or other infection through oral sex. Limit contact of bodily fluids. Check for any signs of outbreaks before performing or receiving oral sex.