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Oral STD risk
Apr 29, 2001

I received felatio from two sex workers. I understand from your previous answers that the risk of HIV transmission is low. What about the risk of other STD's from this activity? No vaginal or anal penetration were involved.

Response from Mr. Kull

There are certain sexually transmitted diseases that can be transmitted to your genitals via somebody's mouth. Any infections that occur in or around the mouth, or are transmitted through fluids in the mouth, could theoretically be transmitted to your genital region. STDs that could be transmitted through oral sex are herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, and HPV. Oral to genital transmission is probably not as common as genital-genital, but it does happen.

Please read through Sexually Transmitted Disease Basics (http://www.thebody.com/safesex/stdbasics.html) at The Body for more detailed information on transmission, symptoms, and treatment.

RMK



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