Oral STDs- What Should You Know About Them

Oral STDs- What Should You Know About Them

Most STDs are spread through a sexual route like vaginal or anal sex. But, oral route such as oral sex can also give an STD, called oral STD. The risks of STDs from oral sex are the same as that from other sexual activities. While some oral STDs are easy to treat, others are dangerous and almost untreatable. To reduce the risks of these infections, the only way is to avoid oral sex. If you still want to practice oral sex, try to use a genital or dental condom. Besides, keep your regular check-up to detect these diseases early.  

Oral STDs that you can get from oral sex

Oral sex means using your mouth, lips, or tongue to “go down on” your partner. Without protection, you can be at risk of an STD related to oral sex. These STDs include:

  • HSV-2
  • HPV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • HIV

The following are what their symptoms are and how to treat them completely.

  1. HSV-2

HSV-2 (or herpes) is a common oral STD caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herpes affects millions people worldwide and can be spread through sexual contact. If you have herpes in your mouth and perform oral sex on your partner, they can become infected, too. Also, if you have genital herpes and your partner give oral sex on you, they may catch the virus, too.

Oral sex can cause HSV-2

Symptoms of HSV-2 infections are:

  • Sores in your mouth
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Joint pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing and speaking

Herpes is a lifelong and highly contagious infection. To treat and prevent herpes outbreaks, an OTC topical cream such as Prosurx can help. You can also try home remedies like tea tree oil and lemon balm to get relief from herpes. Plus, you should eat healthy and practice safe sex for prevention. Here’s How to Have Sex with Herpes.

Related: Top 6 Herbal Remedies for Herpes

  1. HPV

Human Papillomavirus or HPV is another common viral infection spread through intercourse. It’s estimated that 79 million people in the US now are suffering from HPV. And, about 14 million people are diagnosed with this disease each year. Apart from vaginal and anal sex, oral sex can also make you become infected with HPV. As a result, HPV affects various parts of the body including the throat, mouth and genitals.

Oral sex causes warts in mouth and throat

Symptoms of HPV infections are:

  • Warts
  • Difficulty in breathing and speaking
  • Changed voice

There is no certain cure for HPV. The virus can clear itself after a few years. But sometimes, it persists in your body despite treatment. If left untreated, HPV can cause HPV-related cancers such as throat cancers.

HPV often causes warts in mouth and throat. You should see a doctor to get them surgically removed. If these warts show up on your skin, an OTC topical cream like Vidarox can be helpful.

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  1. Gonorrhea

It’s an oral STD caused by the bacterium and affects 820,000 Americans each year. Gonorrhea can be spread through oral, vaginal and anal sex. So, it can cause infections in the genitals, throat, rectum and urinary tract.

A sore throat is a common symptom which often occurs a week after exposure. Other symptoms may include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Yellow discharge
  • White and red spots in mouth and throat

Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics. If you become resistant to antibiotics, speak to your doctor for further treatment.

Oral sex causes gonorrhea in throat

  1. Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common bacterial STD which affected more than 1.5 million Americans in 2015. This disease is easily transmitted through vaginal and anal sex. But, oral route like oral sex can also make you become infected with chlamydia.

Common symptoms of chlamydia include:

  • A cold
  • A sore throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Dry throat
  • Burning sensation during urination

Chlamydia is not dangerous and can be treated with antibiotics.

Oral sex causes chlamydia in throat

  1. Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through oral sex. With only a few thousand affected people, syphilis is considered as a quite rare STD. Its symptoms usually show up in different stages.

  • 1st stage: sores in mouth and throat
  • 2nd stage: fever, swollen lymph nodes and skin rash
  • 3rd stage: damage in the joints, blood vessels, bones, brain and nerves.

Syphilis can be treatable with antibiotics. If left untreated, the disease can cause serious health complications.

oral sex causes syphilis in mouth

  1. HIV

HIV is a dangerous disease that can be spread through oral sex. Vaginal and anal sex especially can make it become highly contagious.

HIV symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat

Now, there is no certain cure for HIV. The only things you can do with this disease are:

  • Keep your regular check-up to detect it early
  • Control its progression
  • Prevent your risk of the disease by practicing safe sex

Related: Silent Killers: HIV and AIDS

oral sex can spread HIV

Many couples believe that oral sex is a safe and enjoyable sexual method. It gives you weird feelings and improves your relationship. But, you should know that oral sex can cause your oral STDs. To prevent infections, remember to use dental dams or condoms during oral sex. Plus, have healthy lifestyles and get tested regularly to know your status soon.

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