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Oral Sex

Oral sex refers to sex where the penis is in the mouth or the mouth/tongue is on the genitals.

Giving and getting oral sex exposes you to many STIs. Some STIs live in saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, and other body fluids. Some STIs can be transmitted through cuts and sores in the genital area or through cuts and sores in your mouth.

Safer Sex Options: oral dam, external (male) condom or skip it.
Protection is available for oral sex. Wearing a condom over the penis and a sheet of latex called an oral dam over the vagina and anus during oral sex can help reduce the risk of STI transmission.
Dental Dams

Dams are rectangular sheets of latex, which are used to cover the vagina or anus during oral sex. 
Dams can be bought in some stores, or you can make your own using a condom or a latex glove.

Use a new dam or condom for each oral sex act. Do not use dams as protection for anal or vaginal sex.

Where can I find help?
Top 10 questions

Use a condom
Talk to your partner
Get Tested
Know your risks!

How to make a dental dam:
Step 1:
How to make a dam - Courtesy of Sexuality and U
Step 2:
How to make a dam - Courtesy of Sexuality and U
Step 3:
How to make a dam - Courtesy of Sexuality and U

Updated Aug 27, 2013

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