Oral Sex Isn’t Precisely Safe Sex, But It is Safer With These Tips!

Oral sex is defined by mouth to genitalia contact. Most people are familiar with the term fellatio, stimulation of the male genitals and cunnilingus or stimulation of the female genitals, however, it can include Anilingus, or oral to anal contact also called ‘rimming’.

Many commonly known STDs or STI’s can be transmitted via any of these types of oral contact. Whether on the receiving or giving end, there are ways to make the practice safer and more fun.

Lady offering oral sex(head) to a male

Is It Safe?

Oral sex is on the rise, and even those who consider themselves virgins may be unknowingly putting themselves at risk for a longlist of STDs. The most common of those being Gonorrhea, Herpes,Hepatitis B, HIV, Syphilis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Chlamydia whichmay be spread through being on the giving or receiving end.

According to a recent article from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

— The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is much less than that from anal or vaginal penetration-but it is NOT zero. 
— Performing fellatio on an HIV-infected man, with ejaculation, is the riskiest of all sexual activities. 
— Factors that may increase the risk of HIV transmission from oral sex are oral ulcers, bleeding gums, genital sores, and the presence of other STIs.

DoesHPV Really Cause Cancer?

HPV or Human Papilloma Virus is a commonly transmitted STIs, now believed to cause oral and throat cancer. While there may be other causes, the revelation these cancers are linked to the virus was highly publicized when actor Michael Douglas revealed in an interview that not only did he have throat cancer, his doctors’ believed it developed because he contracted HPV from performing cunnilingus. In his words…

“No. Because, without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” Douglas said. When the reporter questioned him unsure of what he had heard, Douglas elaborated, “… yeah, it’s asexually transmitted disease that causes cancer.”

Howto Make Oral Safer

OK, Michael, we find that information specific enough. We all learned something that day in 2013. But what to do if we still wish to practice oral? The only way to be sure if you are completely safe is not to have any sexual contact. Uh, right? That said, let’s be more realistic than that. It is only considered safe if you and your partner are in an a100%-committed, monogamous relationship and both of you have been tested for all STDs. If this is not you, I have a few suggestions to make it safer and more fun for you and your partner.

According to the University of Georgia’s HealthCenter… 
When you wish to be safer, use the barrier method: “For oral sex on a woman, the use of latex barrier or plastic wrap can serve as a barrier to prevent the transmission of HIV and other STIs… For fellatio, using flavoured latex condom can reduce STI transmission. Some people complain that condoms have a rubbery taste and lessen the sensation on the penis.”

If this is you, try this tip: Using a small amount of personal lubricant inside the condom may increase sensation and adding some to the outside will make it more palatable for the giver. It has a pleasantly sweet taste. An added benefit to note: When used properly, lubricants can also reduce the risk of condom breakage. (Note: For oral-anal contact, a latex barrier is strongly recommended to reduce the risk of STI transmission.)

A male giving head to a female

Howto Make Oral Sex More Fun

Whether on the giving or receiving end, it is a skill that can be learned; the good news is with practice we can all get better and better at it. If you are on the giving end, moaning or erotic talk can enhance both your pleasure. If on the receiving end, remember to relax. Once you practice using a barrier, it will become second nature. You can try alternating licking and sucking with applying gentle pressure over the barrier with a favorite vibrator for a whole new sensation.

For those who wish to perform oral for their partners but are more worried about possible odours that arise, we have a suggestion for both of you: Add more fruit to your diet. It has been shown that eating strawberries, pineapples, and honeydew melons while limiting the intake of red meat and dairy will increase the pleasure and overall taste and scent of both males and females.

So just relax, be safer, and enjoy the give and take.

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