Guide to safe oral sex

Introduction to oral sex

Oral sex involves the use of mouth and tongue to stimulate a partner’s genital area, such as the vagina (cunnilingus), penis and testicles (fellatio) and anus (anilingus). It is a common sex practice and can be enjoyable with consent from both partners.

Oral sex without appropriate barrier protection comes with risks of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases are transmitted through fluids or faeces secreted from the genitals or anus respectively, and you are even more likely to be at risk if you have a cut or sore in your mouth and are giving oral sex.

It is therefore important to discuss with your partners about the use of protection as well as history of sexual partners and getting tested for STDs on a regular basis.


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