Lets talk a little bit about STIs. STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs there are four modes of transmission. They are…
- Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
- Skin to skin contact
- Breast milk and Vaginal Delivery
In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.
Sometimes people think oral sex (mouth to genital contact) is not a risk for STI transmission, but the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice and Trichomoniasis) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection, because when someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood, sexual fluids, and/or skin
The good news is that there are ways to prevent STI transmission from happening! Using a condom for oral sex on a penis will help drastically reduce your risk of transmitting an STI. If oral sex is being performed on the vagina or anus, a dental dam can be used to help reduce your risk also! You can pick up free condoms and dental dams at Teen Clinic!
It is important to know that even though someone can get an STI from oral sex, a lot of the time STIs don’t show symptoms. The only way for someone to know for sure if they have an STI is to get tested. Teen Clinic offers many different types of STI tests, including blood tests and urine tests. If you have any more questions about STIs or the Teen Clinic call us at 303-442-5160.