Whether it's the common cold, the flu, or an STI, how possible is it to catch an infectious disease while being a "receiver" during oral sex? By David Artavia April 18 4: So, how possible is it for us to pass an infection to our partner by giving them oral sex?
The last thing you want is to worry yourself or your partner. Just as you can get an infection from going down on them if they have contracted a virus , they can also get an infection from you if you have contracted a virus. All we have to do is have an open line of communication. Chances are, it was passed by kissing, touching or holding them close to you during sexual activity. Like all other STIs, Chlamydia is passed from an infected person to a partner through sexual activities, but it is way less likely to be transmitted through oral sex.
Chlamydia is passed when the mucous membrane that soft little piece of skin covering all openings comes into contact with secretions of semen or vaginal fluids.
And unfortunately, gonorrhea is known to live in the throat and eyelids from time to time. The bacteria causing gonorrhea often sets up shop in the throat and the lining of the eyelid, which can lead to eye infection and discharge from the eye itself hand-to-eye contact during sex is also another way for it to pass.
It also lives on the surfaces of the urethra, vagina, cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, anus, and rectum. All forms of hepatitis are transmitted through direct contact with blood, semen, or vaginal secretions. In the case of hep B, there are rare cases for the virus to be transferred by saliva through biting — not by kissing. In the case of hep A, the virus is transmitted mainly through oral contact with feces. Because feces is a major carrier, it can also be transferred through contaminated food or water, and is also spread in daycares.
By the way, an estimated , to , people are infected with hep A each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As for hep C, it is mainly transmitted by direct contact with blood by sharing needles, which is the most common risk factor to date.
Research suggests that 80 percent of people carry the herpes virus cold sores , and 50 percent of sexually active people have genital warts cause by the human papilloma virus. According to the CDC , one out of every six people between 14 and 49 years old have genital herpes. It can be spread during vaginal or anal sex, by sharing sex toys, and yes, oral sex.
Basically your only defense is a good offense. Believe it or not, HIV is not the easiest virus to get. In order for it to transmit to another person it needs to be fed into their bloodstream.
The main ways it does that is through mucous membranes, needles, or blood transfusions. Nonetheless there are plenty of things you can do to help lower the risk if you're still nervous. When giving oral sex, always spit or swallow ejaculate. Do not let it sit in your mouth for long periods of time, as it might make its way through open sores or damaged tissue in the mouth.
Once semen makes its way past the mouth, stomach acid and enzymes in the esophagus kill any HIV in it, so swallowing is actually one of the safest things to do after a blow job. Once inside, syphilis enters the blood stream and latches onto the cells, which damages the organs over time if left untreated. Now, because you can contract syphilis when your mouth, genitals, or another part of your body touches a syphilis sore on a person who has the disease, it is very possible to get it through receiving oral sex.
According to the CDC , syphilis sores can be in the mouth as well as on the genitals.