Yes, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be passed through oral sex to people of all genders.
The most common STIs passed with oral sex are gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, and HPV. They can be passed to both the giver and reciever.
The chances of getting HIV is considered low. If you had a throat infection, bleeding gums or sores in your mouth it may increase the chances for HIV for the person performing oral sex.
Herpes (cold sores) can be passed from the mouth to the genitals. Herpes Type 2 can be passed from genitals to mouth, although that is uncommon.
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Using a condom or dental dam for oral sex can reduce the chance of getting STIs from oral sex.
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