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RISK OF ORAL SEX WITH WOMEN AND MEN

QUESTION
I like to have oral sex with both men and women. Is there any risk difference as far as STDs are concerned?

ANSWER
Yes. It is less risky to go down on women. The most likely STD to be spread during oral sex with women is herpes (and very rarely syphilis if she had an active infection). Giving head to a man can put you at risk for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, as well as herpes. Often STDs have no symptoms, especially if you are infected in the back of your throat. That means that the only way to know for sure if you are infected is to get tested. The test for a throat infection is a throat swab. Unfortunately, only a few clinics offer throat swabs for STD testing, so be sure you ask, if you are getting tested.

To learn more about STD prevention options, visit the City Clinic website.

To your health,
Dr. K


STD TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION ADVICE
 
   
 
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