There is a reason why more people would like to include sex education in schools. It is not to promote having sex, but it is to increase awareness. This awareness can also help young adults in protecting themselves. In this article, we will give you some of the most common misconceptions about oral sex.
You can’t get an STD
This is probably the most important misconception you have to know. Reality check, you can! A lot of young adults and adults don’t think that infections can be transmitted orally. And this is one of the reasons why they are doing it instead of vaginal intercourse. Here’s a quick list of diseases that can be transferred by having oral sex:
HPV means human papillomavirus. This is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Generally, it doesn’t cause harm and will go away over time. However, certain types can lead to cancer.
Herpes simplex virus
In the United States, herpes simplex virus is quite rampant. Apart from seeing it from one’s genitals, it can also be found on the mouth. This is considered contagious. There are actually two types known as HSV-1 and HSV-2. Those who are infected with HSV-1 can transmit the infection by using the same glasses and utensils, sharing lip products, and of course, kissing.
You can find the infection in both the vaginal fluids and semen. Transmission of the infection can be through sex without using a condom, using sex toys and from expecting moms to their unborn babies. This can easily be treated but if not treated as soon as possible, can actually lead to more serious health issues.
You can get it not just from having oral sex, but from kissing and close body contact. What’s scary though is that sometimes you don’t realize that you have this. If a pregnant woman has syphilis, it can cause abnormalities to the unborn child. In worst-case scenarios, it can lead to the baby’s death.
Other people call this ‘the clap’. This causes pain and can even affect your joints, eyes, and throat. While both men and women can have it, it is commonly found in men.
This can actually grow quickly and that is why when something is quite out of the ordinary, get professional help right away.
With this in mind, you have to be more careful and cautious. These infections are always a challenge to treat. And never self-medicate. If you do, you might be causing more troubles for your health.
What are the common symptoms?
- yellow discharge
- white discharge
- difficulty when swallowing
If you don’t swallow, you won’t get infected
This is another misconception which has been going around for years. Other people believe that if you spit the semen, the infection will unlikely to happen. This isn’t always the case. If you have small cuts on the mouth then the fluids might go through the skin.
There are different ways to treat oral STDs. It actually depends on the infection. It can be through topical anesthetic, anti-viral medications, or antibiotics. Again, it is best to consult a doctor.
Apart from good oral hygiene, you should also practice safe sex – including the oral kind.