Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal penetration, there is little to no risk. 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. There are four ways in which someone can contract an STI. They are…
- Skin to skin contact
- Sexual fluids (vaginal fluids and semen)
- Mother to child
When someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood, sexual fluids, and/or skin. But 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 you can get an STI from oral sex, a lot of the time STIs don’t show symptoms. The only way to know 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.