Can You Get an STD from Oral Sex?

Can You Get an STD from Oral Sex

You want to get pleasure, but you don’t want to put yourself at risk for an STD. Simple solution, right? Oral sex. Wrong. Many people consider oral sex “safe sex” and believe oral sex is safer to engage in because it doesn’t come with the risks of contracting an STD. Well… we’ve got some unfortunate news for you: You’re wrong. STIs often spread through contact with skin and bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, and mouth sores. Since there is direct contact with these areas during oral sex, that means you’re at risk for contracting an STD.

We know what you’re thinking: “Can I ever escape the burden of STDs and enjoy my sex life?!” The good news is, you most definitely can! There are many ways to prevent contracting an STD through oral sex. So don’t worry, you can still have your fun and protect yourself at the same time. 

Common Types of STDs Spread Through Oral Sex:


Gonorrhea is one of the most common types of STDs that are contracted through oral sex. Many individuals infected by gonorrhea experience pain during urination, anal itching/bleeding, and abnormal discharge. Oral Gonorrhea symptoms include the formation of white spots in the mouth, trouble swallowing, and a sore throat. This bacterial infection can lead to complications during pregnancy and sometimes infertility.


Herpes is a chronic, long term STD that causes contagious sores and blisters in the genitals and around the mouth (cold sores). These sores may also be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. From time to time, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks. When an outbreak occurs, the risks of passing herpes on to your partner increases. Pregnant women who experience an outbreak can also pass it on to their newborn child.


The symptoms of syphilis are often undetectable, but symptoms include sores, skin rashes, hair loss, fatigue, and fever. In severe cases (often if left untreated), syphilis can lead to brain and heart damage. The good news is, syphilis can be treated easily when caught early.

How Do You Prevent Contracting an STD Through Oral Sex?

Alright, enough about painful urination, rashes, and unusual discharge. How do you prevent contracting an STD during oral sex?

Use condoms: Although condoms aren’t 100% effective in preventing STDs, they minimize your risk by preventing direct contact.

Use dental dams: Dental dams are similar to condoms. They are a thin, square piece of rubber that can be placed over the labia or anus to act as a protective barrier during oral sex.

Use lubricant: Lubricant can minimize direct skin to skin contact and minimizes friction to prevent infected areas of the skin from breaking and spreading.

Get tested: One of the most tried and true ways of preventing oral STDs is simply to get tested! Getting tested will also provide you with the treatment options available.

At besafemeds, our goal is to allow our patients to get the treatment they need in a quick and anonymous way, through private online std treatment. If you suspect you may have contracted an STD through oral sex, contact besafemeds today, and be at ease knowing that STDs can be prevented and treated.

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