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    What are the chances of STD transmission through oral sex?

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Posted on Tue, 31 May 2016 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: How likely is it to receive STD's from oral sex?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for sending the question.

It is possible to transmit sexually transmitted disease is through oral sex. This includes viruses such as the Herpesvirus as well as bacteria including Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and several others.

Transmission can occur from the recipient or the provider of oral stimulation.

If you are having any concerning symptoms I would recommend that you should talk to your primary care doctor about a comprehensive screening evaluation for sexually transmitted infections. Many of these can be treated with antibiotics or antiviral medications.

Thank you again for sending your question.

Sincerely,

Dr. Galamaga
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Robert Galamaga 6 minutes later
Thank you very much for your response. I'm not very educated on this and only now starting to understand this better. But how likely is to to get these viruses through oral sex. Like are the chances high for transmission, or really low?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 16 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
thank you for the additional question.

Unfortunately it is impossible to determine the likelihood of receiving an infection as it depends on each individual and there is not a way to come up with a statistical likelihood. It would otherwise be completely guessing to give you a certain degree of likelihood.

I would continue to observe things for now. If you develop symptoms I would talk to your doctor about appropriate testing.

Thanks again for sending your question.

Sincerely,

Dr. Galamaga
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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