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Can I get an STI from oral sex?

You might not know this, but oral sex can cause STIs in your mouth and throat. You can also get an STI on the penis or vagina from a partner who has a mouth infection. 

This is how you can get infected:

Herpes cause cold sores and blisters on the genitals. If your partner has a mouth infection and their mouth touches your genitals or private parts, then you can get infected as well.

Hepatitis A is found in the stool and blood of people who are infected and the virus can spread if your mouth comes into contact with an infected person’s anus (oral-anal sex).

Pubic lice can be passed on to facial hair such as the beard and spread from there.

HIV is passed through bodily fluids such as semen (cum) and pre-cum. If your partner ejaculates (or cums) in your mouth during oral sex, then the risk of HIV infection is even higher.

It is always important to use a condom when having oral sex because the risks of contracting an STI from oral sex are real. You can also use a dental dam which is a piece of latex that covers your partner’s private parts or anus so there is no direct contact. 

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