The definition of safe sex needs some explanation, as there are dangerous myths floating around these days that oral sex is safe sex.
Oral sex is certainly a pregnancy-free alternative to intercourse, but it is not a ‘safe’, (disease-free), alternative to intercourse.
Here are the facts.
1. HPV. Studies now show that oral sex can indeed transmit the human papilloma virus (HPV) to the throat area. And while HPV does not directly cause cancer, it causes changes in the cells that it infects, increasing the risk that these cells later become cancerous.
2. GONORRHEA. This common STD, can be transmitted to the throat during oral sex. The germ can cause inflammation, formation of pus and sometimes soreness.
And very often, frighteningly, it causes no symptoms at all. The person just ‘carries’ it.
3. CHLAMYDIA. Chlamydia trachomatis is a little genital bug that has become almost epidemic among sexually active young people during this early part of the 21st century.
According to the CDC, there appears to be significant risk of acquiring chlamydia via oral sex.
Studies show that this bacterium is most prevalent in the adolescent population.
4. SYPHILIS. The lesions of syphilis usually appear on the genitals and sometimes on the nipple.
They can also appear on the lips or tongue, as a result of oral sex. This disease can be caught from an infected person’s mouth.
5. HIV can also be transmitted by oral sex, though this does not occur frequently.
It’s especially important to note however, that ulcers or cuts in the mouth can increase this transmittal risk.