Reducing the risks from oral sex

Most sexually transmitted infections can be passed on through unprotected oral sex, and some – such as gonorrhoea, genital herpes, genital warts, chlamydia and syphilis - are easily caught through unprotected oral and anal sex.

Though the risk is lower, HIV can also be passed on from a man during oral sex if his semen enters the bloodstream. This can happen if there are small cuts or sores in the mouth of the person giving him oral sex. Oral sex is low risk for HIV. However, using a condom would eliminate this low risk.

Some ways to reduce the risks from oral sex include:

  • Always use a fresh condom
  • Change the condom every 30 minutes if in use for a long time
  • Perform oral sex without ejaculation
  • Refrain from oral sex if there are any signs of infection
  • Refrain from oral sex if the person giving it has any cuts or sores in their mouth.

Condoms & lube

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