I came across an article that I thought was perfect for a blog about STD testing. Written by Sarka-Jonae Miller at helium.com, this article talks about STDs that can be passed through oral sex.
Some reports indicate people may not realize that oral sex can transmit STDs as easily as vaginal or anal sexual contact. With the popularity of oral sex increasing dramatically over the past decade, the need for an STD test associated with oral sex is just as important as STD tests for vaginal or anal sex. According to the article, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 90% of males, and 88% of females, ages 25-44 participate in oral sex with a partner of the opposite sex.
Here are a few STDs that can be passed through oral sex that are discussed in this article.
HPV- Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is associated with different types of cancer, can be passed through oral sex. 60-70% of tonsil cancers in the United States are caused by HPV. This disease tends to stay where it first enters the body. If passed through oral sex you can increase the risk of head and neck cancers. Most HPV cases clear themselves within two years. Using a condom or dental dam during oral sexual contact may help decrease your chances of HPV through oral sexual contact.
Genital Warts- Genital warts is a virus caused by HPV. It is transferred through skin to skin contact, which means…oral sex. Sometimes Genital Warts are hard to detect. They can be flat and flesh colored. You never know if your partner has Genital Warts. They can be infected for months or even years before symptoms occur…if they ever do.
Herpes- Herpes is a common STD that can be transmitted orally. Oral herpes affects 80% of Americans, according to Planned Parenthood. Cold sores and fever blisters may emerge on the lips and around the mouth. Kissing, touching, and sexual contact can transmit this STD, and it can take years for symptoms to appear. If you do have herpes, you can decrease the chance of passing it on by taking the medication as directed and avoid sexual contact of any kind during an outbreak.
Chlamydia – Chlamydia is one of the most common bacterial STD out there. Genital contact, including oral sex, can result in an infection. Chlamydia may not show symptoms and can cause infertility if left untreated.
Gonorrhea – Like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea is a very common STD that may not show symptoms but can cause infertility if left untreated.
Syphilis – Syphilis can cause ulcers of the mouth, anus, penis, vagina, vulva, and cervix. These ulcers may be painless, however, if left untreated can be harmful to organs and potentially fatal.
Trichomoniasis – Trichomoniasis often has no symptoms but can also be passed through oral sex.
Taking precautions such as using protection and STD testing on a regular basis (more often if needed) may help prevent these infections, or their consequences if left untreated. Taking care of your sexual health is more important than ever. No one but you can do this, so talk about STDs and protect yourself.