There are some things that any sexually active person should know – like how an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or STI (sexually transmitted infection) is spread. There is a common misconception that you cannot share an infection through oral sex. This is not true. There are diseases that can be passed orally.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
The human papillomavirus (HPV), also known as genital warts, is transmittable through oral sex. It has become a concern among medical professionals as a growing cause of mouth and throat cancer. It can cause recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, which is a condition where tumors grow in the respiratory tract. It is spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact rather than through bodily fluids.
Ask your Women’s Health and Menopause Center OBGYN about the vaccine.
Chlamydia can also be transmitted through oral sex. It can cause cold-like symptoms including painful swallowing and a dry, scratchy throat. Some people who are infected do not experience symptoms. If the condition infects the cervix, it can cause infertility. When contracted through oral sex, it does not cause infertility but can cause upper respiratory problems. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics.
Other STDs You Can Get from Oral Sex
There are many other STDs that you can pick up from unprotected oral sex. They include:
- Hepatitis A
It’s best to always take precautions and practice safe oral sex. This can be done by using a non-lubricated latex condom or polyurethane condom if your partner is allergic to latex. A dental dam or modified condom can be used for mouth to vagina contact.
Talk to your gynecologist about vaccines that are available and how to practice safe sex. If you think that you have been infected through any sexual activity, contact Women’s Health and Menopause Center to make an appointment right away with your doctor. The earlier you receive treatment the better.
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