Some other words for different kinds of oral sex are “blow job,” “giving head,” “going down on,” “eating out,” “sucking,” “cunnilingus,” or “rimming. Experts believe that oral sex without protection is less risky than other kinds of sex, but all agree that it is possible to get HIV from giving oral sex to an HIV-infected partner without protection, oral sex infection if the HIV-infected partner ejaculates in the mouth. HIV, although most scientists believe the risk is relatively low. The risk increases if the person giving the blow job has any cuts or scrapes in his or her mouth, even small ones that can be caused by brushing or flossing right before sex.
To have safer oral sex, avoid getting any semen in your mouth, either by stopping oral sex before ejaculation or by using a nonspermicidal condom. The possibility of infection is higher if there is menstrual blood, if the woman has another STD in addition to HIV, or if the person performing oral sex has sores or cuts in the mouth. There are many diseases besides HIV that can be passed through unprotected oral sex, including herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis A, and the viruses that cause warts, intestinal parasites, and other conditions. Copyright 2018, Regents of the University of California. All our news, features and news selected from other sources. A fortnightly summary of HIV research news. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 23 to 27 July 2018.
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