Safe oral sex: Myths and realities

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Those who practice safe oral sex get rid of unwanted pregnancies and reduce the risk of transmitting or acquiring infections. Forget the myths about this practice; are you ready for pleasure without complications?

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Myths about oral sex

Men and women pursue the pleasure of a sexual relationship equally. Some seek it through oral sex, which can be extremely exciting if it is carried out safely and confidently. To do this, information is needed to help put an end to the myths surrounding this practice:

Myth: Mouth cannot catch sexually transmitted infections.

Fact: The sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are less common in the mouth and throat genitals, but this does not mean that oral sex is risk-free. The cunnilingus (oral sex in the female genital area), the fellatio (male genital) and rimming (stimulation of the anus, also called “black kiss”) can be the path for conditions such as syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes simplex, infection for HIV/AIDS or for human papillomavirus (HPV).

When HIV is present in a partner, there may be contagion from exposure to blood or infected sex fluids, during or after an orgasm, as well as from contact with the soft, moist areas (mucous membranes) inside the rectum, vagina, mouth, throat, nose or top of the penis. In addition, these areas can be easily injured during oral sex (with teeth), which facilitates HIV/AIDS access to the inside of the body.

Myth: If there are no perceptible wounds, I should not worry about my partner infecting me with sexually transmitted infections.

Fact: Cuts, hemorrhages or wounds usually increase the risks of oral sex by transmitting viruses or bacteria, even small injuries provide the HIV passport to the body.

Myth: It is not necessary to use a condom, it is only required in case of vaginal penetration to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Reality: This is completely false. When practicing oral sex on a man, latex condoms should be used (those that taste may be used), if you want to prevent contact with pre-cumulative or seminal fluid that can be transmit infections.

Myth: If the penis removed before reaching the ejaculation, there is no risk of infection.

Fact: Some men believe that it is impossible to get HIV by mouth if they remove the penis before reaching the climax. The truth is that the virus can be present in the fluid emitted by the member before ejaculating.

Myth: The most effective barrier against sexually transmitted diseases is the male condom.

Reality: This is half-truth because you can also use the female condom to protect the vagina or rectum during sex.

Myth: The only danger of oral sex are STDs.

Fact: The transmission of HPV through oral sex is the main cause of oropharyngeal cancer, that is, tumors that originate in the back of the tongue, palate, tonsils or throat.

For all this, practicing safe oral sex should not only prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

How to have safe oral sex?

The pleasure of oral sex can be overcome by the fear of being sexually transmitted diseases. If you want to be sure that your health is protected, take note:

Do not practice oral sex if you or your partner have mouth injuries. As mentioned before, any type of abrasion, even microscopic, can facilitate a contagion. Therefore, avoid oral sex if you have wounds in the mouth such as herpes, canker sores, cuts, open cavities and even if you have orthodontic braces like metal braces.

Do not use floss or toothbrush before the act. If you plan to practice safe oral sex, it is advisable to avoid the previous brushing of teeth and flossing, as it can cause injuries in the gums. Instead, it is advisable to use only mouthwash (without gargling to avoid spreading fluids), before and after this sexual practice.

Inspect the genitals and creases of your partner’s groin. Be alert to injuries, cuts, sores, swelling, yellowish white discharge or small typical blisters of herpes. If some of these conditions occur, avoid oral sex. Do not risk it!

Change the condom. Do not use the same condom for oral sex that you used before for vaginal or anal sex, as it wasted and lost its lubricant. Replace it with another one, you can even choose them without lubricant or spermicide and with flavor, designed for oral sex. Make sure it is a condom with sanitary authorizations.

Use a condom suitable for cunnilingus or rimming. You can use a mouth barrier through large squares of latex (when it is difficult to get that can be done with a condom open with scissors). Making them with thin, transparent plastic like the one used to cover and preserve food is not recommended, as there is no proof that this material prevents the transmission of microorganisms such as HIV.

Remember that choosing a safe partner is important before practicing oral sex, it is recommended that you ask about their previous experiences and habits. Also, the best way to know if a person has sexually transmitted diseases is to go to the doctor and perform tests, take care of your health and the health of your partner!

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