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Other STDs through oral sex
Nov 11, 2001

I have just read the letter below in which you write that the probability of a man getting HIV in the course of receiving oral sex from a woman is very low. My question is about other STDs - what is the risk of man getting other STDs (including herpes) by receiving oral sex from a woman.

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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