Oral Sex - Love it or Too Risky?

"Going down', 'giving head', 'blow jobs’. Yep different ways to say ‘oral sex’. Oral sex means using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partners’ genitals. Although it is a sexual activity that many couples enjoy, not everyone does it or has to. The decision is totally up to you and your partner. Remember honesty about yourself and willingness to please your spouse is the only way to have a good sexual relationship. However, there are key points to know before going head first.

Risk of Infection

Although you can't get pregnant from oral sex. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as herpes, gonorrhoea and syphilis can still be passed on. Although it carries a very low risk, HIV transmission is also possible from oral sex. These STI’s could be transferred if there are open cuts and sores exposed to semen, vaginal secretions, bleeding gums, mouth or genital sores.

You should avoid having oral sex if either of you has sores around your mouth, vagina or penis. These could be a sign of an infection, so get them checked out by a healthcare professional. Also be aware that infections can still be passed on through oral sex even if there are no signs or symptoms of the infection.

Number one on list right now for infection is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) — it has become increasingly, one of the main causes of mouth and throat cancer.

HPV transmitted by sexual contact often doesn’t become active enough to cause symptoms. When it does become active, it tends to invade mucous membranes, such as those covering the lining of the vagina, cervix, anus, mouth, tongue, and throat. An HPV infection can cause warts in and around these tissues.

Most people sexually exposed to HPV never develop symptoms or health problems, which simply means they can still transmit it and most HPV infections go away by themselves within two years. But the infection can persist and cause long-term problems. These include cervical cancer in women, penis cancer in men, and in both sexes some cancers of the anus and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer in the back of throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils).

Prevention

Prevention against HPV can start early - Pre-teens, teens, and young adults of both sexes can get vaccinated against HPV. After beginning sexual activity or after the age of 21, 3 yearly pap smears for women are recommended and more frequently if your doctor suggests it.

Make sure you know your partner’s STI status before pursuing a committed intimate relationship.

Oral Sex is quite enjoyable and can be great foreplay, so enjoy if you must but be safe.

Cleanliness in Oral Sexual Practices

There are three parts to this story, Penis, Vagina, Mouth times 2. How important is Hygiene. It is an important part of Sexual health. Odour can be a big turn off.

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