Many people question whether oral sex is really sex. That depends on how you define sex, but one thing is clear: Oral sex isn't inherently safe sex. Oral sex STDs are definitely a risk, at least if you don't take proper precautions. Oral sex is a relatively low-risk activity for HIV transmission, particularly when compared to vaginal or anal sex.
Can someone be infected with a sexually transmitted infection STI from oral sex? Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be spread through oral sex. However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam.
This means that oral sex using the mouth, lips, or tongue poses the same risks as other sexual activities. The only way to prevent transmission and reduce your risk of infection is to use a genital or dental condom for every sexual encounter. Keep reading to learn which STDs and STIs can be spread through oral sex, the symptoms to look out for, and how to get tested.