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Can I get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) through oral sex?

Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
Yes. You can get a sexually transmitted infection through oral sex. Oral sex involves the exchange of body fluids. Men performing oral sex on women should use a dental dam or heavy plastic for protection. If your significant other is a male you should use a condom before performing oral sex.

Yes. Oral sex involves exchange of bodily fluids, which can transmit infections. When your partner performs oral sex on you, or you perform oral sex on a woman, you should use a dental dam to prevent transmission of bodily fluids. If your partner is a man, he should put on a condom before your mouth touches his penis.

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