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Mouth Diseases

Oral Sex

12/10/2009

Question:

what diease do you get from oral sex

Answer:

There are a number of diseases you can develop from oral sex; I will focus on and list the common STDs (Sexually transmitted diseases) for you.

The most common STDs transmitted by oral sex include Herpes simplex (HSV) 1 and 2, HPV Human Papilloma Virus (can be the primary etiological agent for genital or oral warts), Gonorrhea (Ness gonorrhea), Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis), Syphilis (Treponnema palladium), and Hepatitis A, B and C.

HIV can also be transmitted via oral sex but the oral route is of less risk than vaginal or anal transmission. The limited risk is primarily due to the fact that viral load of the saliva is small as compared to other body fluids.

Transmission of disease requires an active diseased person to transmit to an un-diseased recipient. Transmission can be through oral genital contact, oral anal contact, or oral genital post anal or genital contact.

The oral cavity is unique in that it provides a fairly resistant barrier to bacterial and viral challenges. In addition, the oral cavity contains saliva that is rich in mucins and antimicrobial agents; just the salivary flow in and of itself provides protection by constant bathing of the cavity.

However, if there is a breech in the barrier (ulceration, laceration, gum disease, and piercing), bacteria, or virus can enter and cause infection. Body fluids can be the transmission vehicle (semen, blood, vaginal fluids, and feces) and facilitate infectivity if there is a break in the mucosal barrier.

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Response by:

Richard J Jurevic, DDS, PhD Richard J Jurevic, DDS, PhD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University