By Sabine Walter, Pierre A. Many people have the erroneous notion that oral sex is completely safe because no one ever became pregnant through oral sex. With more people engaging in oral sex, more people are catching STDs through oral sex. It is absolutely essential, if you want a healthy sex life, that you know how to have oral sex safely — for you and your partner.
You can still pass sexually transmitted infections STIs between you and your partner. If you've never considered this before, you aren't alone! Although condoms and dental dams offer protection against oral STIs, they're often overlooked. Researchers note that this is partly because people who have oral sex often have vaginal or anal sex, too. This makes it harder to determine the point of transmission.
When people talk about sexually transmitted infections , penetrative vaginal sex usually takes center stage. But the risk of STIs with oral sex is real, too. Yes, you can get STIs from oral sex, and yes, you can take measures to protect yourself as much as possible.