Oral sex involves using the mouth, lips, or tongue to stimulate the penis fellatio , vagina cunnilingus , or anus anilingus of a sex partner. The penis and testicles and the vagina and area around the vagina are also called the genitals or genital area. Oral sex is commonly practiced by sexually active adults. Oral sex can happen between heterosexual straight and same-sex gay or lesbian couples.
Oral STDs: Pictures, types, symptoms, treatment, and prevention
Can someone be infected with a sexually transmitted infection STI from oral sex? Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be spread through oral sex. However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam. There are different terms used to describe types of oral sex:. Oral sex is common among sexually active adults. As with other types of sexual activity, oral sex carries the risk of STIs. It also may be possible to get certain STIs on the penis, and possibly the vagina, anus or rectum, from receiving oral sex from a partner with a mouth or throat infection.
Some people mistakenly believe that it is rare or impossible for sexually transmitted infections to be spread through oral sex. It is essential that sexually active people understand how STIs are transmitted and how they can reduce the risk of spreading infections. It is possible to contract many STIs through oral sex, as oral sex involves close contact and often an exchange of bodily fluids.
Anyone who engages in oral sex with somebody who has a sexually transmitted disease can contract the disease themselves. Oral sex refers to when a person puts their mouth, tongue, or lips on the genitals or anus of another person. Sexually transmitted diseases STDs that people can pass on through oral sex can infect multiple parts of the body, including the:.