So you know about using condoms to prevent pregnancy and contracting STIs during sexual intercourse, but what about using protection during oral sex? While the risk of contracting most STIs from oral sex is lower than for vaginal or anal sex, there is still the risk of transmission. HPV , or human papillomavirus, is well known for causing the development of abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer, but can also cause mouth and throat cancer. Condoms and dental dams can be used to protect all parties involved in oral sex.
Both men and women can give their partner oral sex. But oral sex has official medical names too: oral sex on a woman the vagina, vulva and clitoris is called cunnilingus, and oral sex on a man the penis is called fellatio. Oral sex can be a natural and enjoyable part of sex between partners if both of you enjoy it and consent to it.
Can someone be infected with a sexually transmitted infection STI from oral sex? Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be spread through oral sex. However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam.