Getting an STD from Your Partners or Passing it to them
Sexually transmitted diseases are a widely discussed topic because they are very common. However, there are lots of misinformation out there about this topic, and this is one of the reasons why it’s hard to get the real truth about STDs.
We have put together this post to help you pick the wheat from the chaff. This would give you clear answers about your risks of getting STD from different types of sexual activities.
If you feel you are at risk of STD or you think you’ve been exposed to it, go to a walk in STD Clinic in London and have yourself checked. This helps you to be treated so that there won’t be serious damages in the body if you test positive to STDs.
What are the chances of getting STDs from oral sex?
Oral sex is the act of using the lips, mouth, or tongue to stimulate your partner’s penis, vagina, or anus. This act is common among people who are sexually active, and it can happen between heterosexuals (straight) or same-sex couples (gays and lesbians).
It is not new to know that many STDs and other infections spread through oral sex. If you engage in oral sex with a partner who is infected with an STD, it is possible to have an infection in your genitals, rectum, mouth, or throat. Visit the nearest walk-in STD clinic in London for diagnosis and treatment.
Your risk of getting an STD from oral sex depends on a lot of factors, and some of them are:
- Whether you are practising safe sex or not
- The frequency of STDs in the population you and your partner belong to
- The total number of sexual acts performed
- The type of sexual activities you engage in
- The severity and specific type of STD
Generally speaking, there are some key points to remember about oral sex and your risk for STD. It is possible to contract STDs in your mouth or throat when giving your partner oral sex, even if they have a genital or rectal/anal infection.
It is possible also to contract some STDs in the anus, rectum, or vagina while getting oral sex from a partner that has an infection of the throat or mouth. STDs are not just limited to one area of the body alone; you can be infected in more than one region of your body at the same time instance, in the throat and genitals.
Also, remember that you can contract STD from oral sex even if your partner does not show sign of having an STD. In some cases, there are no symptoms until when enough damages have been done in the body.
Several STDs contracted through oral sex can spread to other parts of the body if they are not treated. Therefore, it is highly essential for you and your partner to go for regular testing.
STDs that can spread through oral sex are trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV, herpes, gonorrhoea, and chlamydia. Apart from STDs, there are other infections that can be transmitted through oral sex, especially when you’re giving your partner on the anus.
Some of them are Shigella, amebiasis, and other intestinal parasites and also hepatitis A.
Factors that increase your risks of getting STDs from oral sex
- Exposure to pre-ejaculate or ejaculate on a partner who is having an STD
- Sores in your mouth or on your genitals can increase your risk of contracting STDs from oral sex because they are open wounds.
- Poor health such as oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease or bleeding gums can increase your risks of STDs from oral sex.
When you visit a clinic, you will be enlightened more about this.
How to protect yourself from STDs during oral sex
Use a dental dam to reduce your risk of contracting STDs during oral sex - you can also use other barrier methods like condoms anytime you are involved in oral sex.
Make sure your partner covers his penis fully with a latex condom anytime you are having oral sex on the penis. You can use a plastic condom (polyurethane) instead if you have an allergy to latex.
Those who have oral sex on the vagina or anus should use a dental dam. You can make yours by merely cutting out a square from the condom and place it in-between your mouth and your partner’s vagina or anus.
The risks of getting an STD from a one night stand
You have a very high risk of contracting an STD from just one unprotected encounter or a one night stand. Only one sexual intercourse with a partner who is infected with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or syphilis can increase your chance of contracting these diseases by 30%.
It is very vital that you understand the risk unprotected sex poses to your health, and this will help you protect yourself better. These infections can lead to serious health complications if they are not treated promptly and adequately.
Always use sexual protection methods that are reliable such as latex condoms anytime you are involved in any sexual activity. If you’ve had unprotected sex before, it would be wise of you and highly essential to visit the nearest clinic for diagnosis and treatment.
Are condoms 100% effective in protecting against STDs?
Condoms are highly effective in preventing STDs that are spread through bodily fluids - these include gonorrhoea and chlamydia, but the condoms have to be used correctly and consistently.
Condoms are also highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV, but they offer less protection against infections transmitted via skin-to-skin contacts such as syphilis, HPV, and herpes.
It is possible to contract an STD even when you use a condom; this makes abstinence the best and surest way to prevent STDs. But people who use condoms have a very low risk of contracting STDs.
Follow the tips below to get the best protection out of condoms:
- If you must lubricate your condom, make sure you use a water-based lubricant because lubricants that are oil-based like cold cream, petroleum jelly, or baby oil can weaken the condom. This, in turn, can make it burst, and when this happens, the aim of using the condom in the first place is defeated.
- Make sure your condoms are stored in a cool, dry place because heat weakens condoms and this can reduce their effectiveness and make them burst while in use.
- Do not use a condom twice - always use a new condom while having sex
- Choose condoms that the label says they prevent diseases
- Read the label on the package of the condom before using it because following the manufacturer’s instructions can boost its effectiveness.
How to Choose the Right Kind of Condoms to prevent STDs
One vital thing to always do is to read the label on the package of the condom, and then you follow the tips below:
- Use condoms made of latex, but if you are allergic to latex, you can use that made of polyurethane. Studies have shown that both latex and polyurethane condoms (female condoms inclusive) might prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis. Condoms made of lambskin might not offer the same protection.
- The label on the package must indicate that the condom can prevent diseases. If this is not mentioned on the package, which means the condom has not been tested in the prevention of STDs.
When do I need STD testing?
If you're sexually active, you need to get tested for STDs.
- This is highly important and should be done if you are entering into a new relationship, both you and your partner should go for the test.
- You should have regular tests if you and your partner are not using protection while having sex.
- If you and your partner have multiple sex partners, you need regular testing
- Go for testing if you experience signs and symptoms that are peculiar to STDs or look like STDs
- Go for testing immediately if you are sexually assaulted
Pregnant women or women who want to be pregnant should tested for STDs so that their unborn baby won’t be affected. During your prenatal visit, your doctor would also screen you for STDs.
Always use protection during sex and go for regular testing to keep your risk of contracting an STD low. You can call us today to book an appointment, 02071830649.