A common question that often comes up in relation to oral sex is “Can you get an STD from oral sex?”
Often when we think about sexually transmitted diseases, we only think about how STDs transmitted via vaginal or anal sex.
Oral sex can also lead to infections in both the throat and genitals. Let’s talk through the oral STDs, how you get them and what symptoms may arise from an oral STD.
Yes, you can get an STD from oral sex.
Many STDs can be contracted through oral sex including:
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention summarize: “Oral sex involves using the mouth, lips, or tongue to stimulate the penis (fellatio), vagina (cunnilingus), or anus (anilingus) of a sex partner.”
Some of the factors that may put you at greater risk for contracting an STD through oral sex include:
Often those who have an STD in their mouth will not experience any signs or symptoms, this is why it is so important to regularly get tested.
If signs or symptoms do occur, they may include:
Let’s run through some of the common symptoms of each oral STD.
You can get an STD from oral sex, period. This means that whether you swallow the sperm or spit it out, you can still get an STD.
To prevent oral STDs, men can wear a condom during oral sex. Women can use a dental dam. It’s also very important to get tested for STDs regularly, especially if you’ve recently had sex with a new partner.** **Often people only think about contraception in terms of preventing pregnancy but it is equally important to remember contraception during oral sex to ensure that you are protected.
STDs can be passed from the mouth to the genitals in the same way that sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from the genitals to the mouth.
The following STDs can live in the mouth and/or throat:
It is possible to get treated for certain STDs online. If you receive a positive result, some at home health providers include treatment options via prescriptions as part of their service.
It is possible for STDs to be cured at home. Many STDs can be treated using prescription medications, which you will be able to take from the comfort of your own home. In some cases, however, it could be necessary to visit a healthcare provider for a follow-up consultation.
Antiviral drugs are used to treat viral STDs. While bacterial and parasitic STDs can be treated and cured, viral STDs can be controlled, but not cured.
This includes STDs such as:
The length of time it takes for an STD to go away will depend on the treatment plan that you are prescribed, as well as the type of STD you have.
Written byHannah Kingston on March 18 2020