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Is it possible to get an STD from oral sex? Should condoms be used during oral sex?

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Is it possible to get an STD from oral sex? Should condoms be used during oral sex?

Certain sexual transmitted infections (STDs)  may be transmitted through oral sex.  These include herpes virus, human papillomavirus, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. For individuals who are not comfortable with oral sex without barrier protection, you may want to consider using condoms or a dental dam.  If you are not comfortable using these methods, or if it may be difficult to use them consistently, you may want to have an open honest conversation with your partner about risk and getting screened for STDs.  Of note, some sexually transmitted infections may be life long, and/or there are no effective screening tests.  It might be a good idea to speak with your doctor about your concerns so that you can make an informed decision about using condoms during oral sex.  

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