Yes, Oral Sex is sex and you need to know how to protect yourself. Yes, you do need to know how to protect yourself from STIs if you choose to have oral sex. It is always important to understand how to have safer sex. Abstinence or having sex with your self is the only way to negate the risk of STI's and
1. Get tested and have the conversation.
Everyone should know their STI status. Getting tested at least every year really is not hard to do. However, most experts, recommend all genders and sexualities get tested every six months and after every sex partner.
Sexual habit is not a conversation that is easy for all health care professionals to initiate. In an ideal world, a general health check and or gynecological exam would include having a chat about sex. In the case of oral sex asking their patients if they are engaging in oral sex and ordering an oral swab to test for oral STIs. If your doctor doesn't ask you can bring it up and tell them you would like to be tested including for herpes, HIV, HPV, or trichomonas.
You also need to talk to your partner about their STI status and yours. An important part of consensual sex is sharing your STI status. You cannot tell if someone has a genital, oral, or anal STI just by looking at them! It is important for your sexual health and wellbeing.
2. Use Protection
If one or both of you test positive or you don’t know your partner's status, you need to use protection for oral sex and other types of sex too. You can operate with the assumption that any sex partner has an STI and always use protection.
If your partner has a curable STI like chlamydia or gonorrhea their doctor may recommend that you do not have sex until they finish the course of treatment and test negative. If your partner has herpes outbreak their health care provider may recommend not having sex until it has passed. It is a good idea that you have a chat with your doctor too.
Penis = use a condom (non-lubricated).
Vulva = use a dental dam or internal condom.
Analingus = use a dental dam.
These barriers are not perfect but they do reduce the risk of STI transmission. It is important to use them when having oral sex or any sex, anytime someone has an STI or when someone doesn't know their status.
3. Keep getting tested.
It is not a ‘one and done’ situation even if you are having portected sex every single time you participate in any sexual activity. To really look after yourself and your partners now and into the future you need to get tested after every new partner and every six months.
We would even go so far as to say it is an incredibly important part of your sexual self-care.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this document should be read as general in nature and is only to provide and overview of the subject matter. Please read product packaging carefully and follow all instructions. Seek advice specific to your situation from your medical professional or mental health professional. Safe - Sane - Consensual