Debunking Myths: Can You Get STDs from Oral Sex?

When it comes to the steamy realm of sexual intimacy, oral sex often parades as the 'safer' choice, comfortably nestled in the grey zone of sexual encounters. But let's cut through the whispers and bring the facts into the bedroom: Can you really get STDs from oral sex?

Absolutely. The persistent myth that oral escapades are free from the shackles of sexually transmitted diseases is one we're about to dismantle. Buckle up as we lay down the bare-boned truths about oral sex and STDs.

Myth vs. Reality: The Oral Examination

Myth: Condoms are a foolproof barrier against STDs.

Reality: They reduce risk but don't provide 100% protection.

Myth: STDs are exclusive to penetrative sex.

Reality: Oral sex can also be a transmission route for various STDs.

The Hard Facts: What the Statistics Say

Dive into the data pool, and you'll find that STD transmission through oral sex isn't just a fluke. Studies have shown that HPV, a virus that can cause cancer, can be transmitted through oral activity. Approximately 10% of men and 3.6% of women have oral HPV. And when it comes to gonorrhea, a staggering 90% of those with oral infections might not even know they're hosting an unwelcome guest.

Transmission Tales: How STDs Crash the Party

Ever wondered how these microscopic party crashers make their way from one person to another? Some STDs, like herpes, need just a touch of skin to transfer, while others hitch a ride on sexual fluids. And here's a shocker: even if your partner is symptom-free, they can still pass on an STD. It's like sharing a secret handshake with someone who doesn't even know they're in on the secret.

Safety First: Protection and Prevention

Meet The B Doxy-PEP

So, how do you keep the party safe? Wrap it up or lay it down— b condoms and dental dams, that is. They're the unsung heroes in the battle against STDs during oral sex. And if you're engaging in the carnal chorus, B doxy-PEP, for instance, offers a window of opportunity to those who may have had unprotected oral sex, providing a means to potentially prevent chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Get in tune with regular testing also, it's the standing ovation your health deserves.

Silent Signals: Recognizing Symptoms

The signs of STDs can be as subtle as a whisper or as loud as a shout. You might notice unusual discharge, a burning sensation, or a sore that wasn't there before. These are your body's way of saying, "Hey, something's up," and it's your cue to get checked out.

Testing Talks: Knowing for Sure

Speaking of getting checked, testing is the golden ticket to peace of mind. Whether it's a swab, a urine test, or a blood sample, knowing your status is the cornerstone of responsible intimacy. And if the test comes back positive, treatment is your next step on the road to recovery.

Closing Thoughts… Embracing Informed Intimacy

In the tango of tongues and exchange of pleasures, staying informed is your best defense. Debunking the myth that oral sex is free from the risk of STDs is just the start. Embrace protection, prioritize testing, and keep communication open with your partners. Take charge, stay informed, and enjoy your intimate moments with the confidence of knowledge on your side. 


What is B Brand?

B Brand is a telehealth company focused on delivering premium quality sexual health products, paired with education and resources to help people make informed decisions. We are your one-stop destination for all your intimate health needs.

How do B Brand consultations work?

To complete a B Brand consultation, all you need to do is answer our quick online medical questions. Your answers are then reviewed by our US medical team, who will decide if you are eligible for treatment, and which medication is best for you.

What is doxy-PEP?

Doxy-PEP means taking the antibiotic doxycycline after sex, to prevent getting an STI. It is like a morning-after pill but for STIs. Taking doxy-PEP reduces your chance of acquiring syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia by about two-thirds.

When should I take doxy-PEP?

Two 100 mg pills of doxycycline should be taken ideally within 24 hours but no later than 72 hours after condomless sex. Condomless sex means oral, anal or vaginal/front-hole sex where a condom isn’t used for the entire time.

What about when I have sex again?

If you have sex again within 24 hours of taking doxycycline, take another dose 24 hours after your last dose. You can take doxycycline as often as every day when you are having condomless sex but don’t take more than 200 mg (two 100 mg pills) every 24 hours.

How should I take doxy-PEP?

• Take doxycycline with plenty of water or something else to drink so that it does not get stuck when you swallow. If your stomach is upset by doxycycline, taking it with food may help.

• Some people are more sensitive to the sun when they take doxycycline, so wear sunscreen.

• Please do not share doxycycline with others.

• Avoid dairy products, calcium, antacids, or multivitamins 2 hours before after taking doxycycline

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