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Oral Sex Sores

Published: November 16, 1999
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My girlfriend of one year recently performed oral sex on me. A small amount of semen got into her mouth, which she spit out. Two days later she got small white sores in her mouth. They took about a week to disappear and were painful to her for a day. I wanted to know what the sores are, and if I caused them. She performed the act again and got less in her mouth. The sores did not form again, so maybe it was just a one-time thing.
Signed: Oral Sex Sores

Dear Oral Sex Sores,

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be spread by oral sex, but it is impossible to tell if these sores are sexually related unless you and your girlfriend go to the doctor. There are teen health centers that offer confidential care meaning that you do not need your parent's permission for treatment. Many of these centers see teenagers at reduced or no cost. Since you and your girlfriend are practicing oral sex, it's a good idea to seek medical advice for safe sex information and pregnancy prevention.

Here are some safer sex guidelines to use even with oral sex:

  1. If you suspect that your partner has an STD, do not perform any sexual act until you and your partner discuss it between yourselves and with a doctor.
  2. Safe Oral Sex performed on a male - Use a condom to avoid direct contact with skin and potential body fluids. Try not to have teeth scratch the condom. If this does happen, remove the condom and replace it with a new one.
  3. Safe Oral Sex performed on a female - Use a dental dam to cover the vaginal area. When performing oral sex, keep the dental dam in place and make sure that it does not become torn or damaged. If this does happen, remove it and replace it with a new one.
  4. If you are planning on having any type intercourse (vaginal or anal), use a latex condom. This not only prevents STDs, but also pregnancy.
  5. Sex can be fun and exciting, but it can have serious consequences, including emotional, social, and physical effects. Be sure that both you and your partner are ready and believe it is right for you. You should certainly discuss it with your partner and a doctor first.

Be safe, your life is worth it! Call and make an appointment at your local teen health center!

Signed: TeenHealthFX