Yes you can!
If your partner has a sexually transmitted infection and you have oral sex without using a condom or dental dam, you’re at risk of getting an STI. The risk is not as great as having unprotected intercourse or anal sex, but it still exists, especially with certain STIs.
Herpes, Gonorrhea and HPV pose the greatest risk.
Herpes is spread through skin to skin contact–touching, kissing, and sexual contact—even when no symptoms are present. The lining of the mouth, vagina, penis, anus, and eyes can be easily infected with herpes. The virus can be passed from the genitals to the mouth, and vice-versa, meaning the giver or receiver of oral sex could pass on the virus.
Gonorrhea, sometimes affectionately known as “the clap,” is a bacteria found in bodily fluids. If your partner has gonorrhea and you perform oral sex on him/her, you stand a chance of getting this STI in your throat. And, really, who wants that.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is spread through skin to skin contact, and can be passed through oral, penile-vaginal, or anal sex. Most the time, there aren’t any HPV symptoms in women, and men can feel fine even when they have cell changes.
Many oral sex STIs are asymptomatic, but you might experience a sore throat, cold sores, lesions, or even tonsillitis. If you are worried you might have an STI, get tested, whether you have symptoms for not.
If you are having casual sex, sex with more than one person, sex with someone new, or if your partner has any symptoms, use a condom or a dental dam. Make sure to cover up the entire vulva and wrap the penis. Protect yourself until you know the history and the current health reality of your partner/partners. Because the last thing you want coming between you two is an STI.
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