Use a non-lubricated or a flavored condom on a penis or sex toy
The throat is the muscular tube that runs from the back of your nose down into your neck. It contains blood vessels, various muscles, the windpipe and the esophagus.
Sexually transmissible Infections (STIs) can be transmitted during unprotected oral sex. In case of an infection, you can experience a sore throat, tonsillitis, oral lesions, or cold sores. But often, there are no symptoms. It is important to ask for a throat swab as a part of your sexual health care routine.
If or when you choose to have oral sex, you can use a latex barrier like a condom or a dental dam to prevent STIs transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or by fluid transmission. Here are some suggestions to incorporate into your sexual activities:
If you are going down on a vulva, or for oral-anal stimulation (rimming), you can use a dental dam, plastic food wrap, or you can DIY your own dam by cutting a condom lengthwise.
Avoid food products like whipped cream or chocolate sauce with the condom or dental dam. They may be oil-based which can break down latex.
Ask for throat swabs as part of your routine sexual health check-up.
Oral health can have a big impact on risk of exposure to STIs during oral sex. Keep in mind:
If you have gum disease (like gingivitis), cuts or sores in your mouth, or you’ve had recent dental work, you are more at risk of being exposed to STIs so using barriers is advised.
Avoid brushing your teeth or flossing right before or right after oral sex as it can irritate your gums or create small cuts that might increase your exposure to an infection.
If you have a new oral piercing (lip, tongue, etc.), avoid oral sex for six weeks so it can completely heal. Before then, the piercing is an open wound that can provide an easy entry point for bacteria or viruses.
Maintain good oral health by regularly brushing your teeth with a brush that has soft bristles and is replaced every three months, by flossing and by regularly visiting the dentist.
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