Most people are still oblivious of the dangers of engaging in unprotected oral sex. Here is a list of seven sexually transmitted diseases, STDs you can get from oral sex.
Herpes simplex virus is the most common transmitted STD when it comes to oral sex. There are two different types of herpes called HSV 1 and HSV 2. HSV 1 causes sores around the mouth area, while HSV 2 causes genital sores. It is still very possible to get herpes from someone with either of these types of herpes even without obvious symptoms. Herpes has no cure. It is a lifetime disease. However, certain medications may be prescribed to prevent recurrences. Using a protective barrier like a condom or a dental dam is a safer means of enjoying oral sex.
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Gonorrhea can cause a severe throat infection since it can also be gotten through oral sex. Symptoms may include yellow and white discharge, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and red spots. Getting gonorrhea from oral sex can infect your whole body and can cause a genital outbreak too. Antibiotics is usually prescribed to treat gonorrhea. However, many strains have become resistant to antibiotic over the years. After initial treatment, it can take up to 4 months for gonorrhea to completely scatter, it can still be contagious during this period. Gonorrhea is located deep in the cervix of women, making it more likely for a woman to get the STD from giving a man oral sex than it is for a man to catch it from a woman. Gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility when left untreated for long. As with all STDs, using a protective barrier like a condom or a dental dam provides a safer.
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Getting chlamydia from oral sex is now common, with increasing cases yearly. A person stands the risk of getting re-infected if their partner isn’t treated at the same time because it can take about 2 weeks when antibiotics treatment is administered. Symptoms may include cold-like symptoms, discharge from the genitals, painful sex, sore throat, burning during urination, and testicular pain. Like gonorrhea, women are more likely to catch chlamydia from performing oral sex on men than men are from performing it on women. Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women which can lead to infertility. You can engage in a safer sex by using a protective barrier like a condom or a dental dam.
HPV, also known as genital wart, is different from other STD because it spreads through skin to skin contact, rather than through the transfer of bodily fluids. HPV can easily be transmitted through oral sex. In some cases, HPV gotten through oral sex can lead to throat cancer, and that HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women. There is a HPV vaccine available for people between the ages of 18-26, which consists of a 3 shot regime. However, HPV has no cure and no vaccines are available for men, young teenagers or older women. You can prevent contracting HPV by using a protective barrier like a condom or a dental dam provides a safer means of enjoying oral sex while avoiding catching HPV.
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Apart from vaginal or anal sex, HIV can also be contracted through oral sex. Risk of infection increases if sores are present in the mouth at the time of oral sex and risk also increases if ejaculate is taken into the mouth. HIV has no cure. Condoms and dental damn may help prevent you from contracting this most dreaded disease.
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Syphilis is another STD that can be gotten from oral sex. Syphilis is only contagious during symptomatic phases. Symptoms range from weight loss, hair loss, sores on the hands and feet, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and fatigue. Syphilis can cause irreversible damage to the brain and cause erratic and violent behavior when left untreated. Late stages of syphilis include blindness, paralysis and death. Using a protective barrier like a condom or a dental dam is safer to avoid catching syphilis.
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Hepatitis B is not transmittable through mouth to genital contact, but it is easily transferred through mouth to anal contact. Luckily, most people who live in 1st world nations are vaccinated for Hepatitis B. However, if you tend to participate in anal to oral contact, consult your doctor for a Hepatitis A vaccine. You can protect yourself from getting this disease by using a protective barrier like a dental dam.
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