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#ORAL SEX

The mouth is not used just for eating and talking. Although oral sex is not as dangerous as anal sex, all kinds of sexually transmitted infections (STI) may spread by engaging in it. Pathogens can travel from your partner’s urethra to your throat and cause an infection there. Similarly, pathogens in your throat may pass on to your partner’s urethra while having oral sex.

The throat is not as susceptible to infections as the anus. Salivary properties neutralise some infections, including HIV. The mouth and throat also do not absorb liquids as efficiently into the bloodstream as does the rectal mucosa.

If your partner blows you, the risk of getting HIV is minimal; however, you can easily get infected with other STIs, such as chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, herpes, and syphilis.

 

HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK?

Always use a condom when engaged in oral sex! HIV transmission is relatively unlikely if the partner does not finish in your mouth.

The risk of infection is higher if you have bleeding, scratched, or damaged gums, mouth ulcers, or a sore throat. Do not brush your teeth immediately before engaging in oral sex.

 

ANILINGUS OR RIMMING

In general, there have not been cases of HIV transmission while licking the anus. Threats can emerge, however, in a situation in which your partner’s faeces ends up in your mouth. The most common infection obtained from licking the anus is hepatitis A. Also, gonorrhoea and several intestinal infections spread this way.

You can vaccinate yourself against hepatitis A! Consult your family doctor about vaccination.

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