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Unprotected Oral Sex - Odds Of Not Getting STD?

Published: December 12, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am a 15 y/o male. I got a blowjob from a girl last night. If the girl is infected with STD/AID's, what is the percentage that I am not not infected? I know that you can get STD/AID's from oral sex but what is the percentage of not getting from a blowjob? I was unprotected. There was no cut or lessions on my penis.
Signed: Unprotected Oral Sex - Odds Of Not Getting STD?

Dear Unprotected Oral Sex - Odds Of Not Getting STD?,

HIV is transmitted through semen, vaginal secretions, and blood. It is not transmitted through saliva. You are right that it is possible to transmit HIV through oral sex. However, oral sex is primarily risky for the person giving it; the person receiving it (you, in this case) is at a much lower risk, because they don't come in contact with anyone else's transmission fluids. You are also correct that the risk is higher for the receiver when there are any open cuts or wounds on any areas coming in contact with semen, vaginal secretions or blood of an infected person.

 

The risk of becoming infected with HIV through unprotected (without a condom) oral sex is lower than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex. But remember that even a lower risk activity can become an major way that people get infected if it is done often enough. Prevention of HIV is more important than ever - HIV is a serious, lifelong disease that is best to prevent. The best ways to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected. Correct and consistent use of condoms can help in preventing the spread of AIDs, however, no protective method is 100 percent effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against HIV/AIDs.

 

Keep in mind that aside from HIV, a person receiving oral sex can be exposed to other types of STDs. For example, a person who has oral herpes can pass it along by giving a blow job. Any time you have unprotected sex with someone, you are placing yourself at risk of getting an STD.

 

FX hopes you will practice safer sex in the future. You can protect yourself and your partner from STDs during oral sex by using a condom - they make flavored ones for just that purpose. If you are performing oral sex on a woman, you can use a dental dam (a square of latex) or make your own dental dam by cutting a condom down the side.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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