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Unprotected oral sex can result in STD transmission

  • syphilis
  • std
  • herpes
  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • oral
  • oral sex
  • condom
  • condoms


"Hello, I am a 20 year old male who's all very new to the sexual life. Recently I received oral from another male who claimed to be disease free. I have not felt or seen anything noticeable downstairs since the encounter. I do not know if I should be tested or if I am at risk for anything and was wanting some more advice. Could you help?"

- Anonymous


Thank you for your question. Hopefully, our answer can shed some light on your situation and help you practice safe sex in the future.

Since you did not mention the use of any type of protection, we are going to assume that you received unprotected oral sex. If that is not the case, then congratulations on being safe, but the information we have regarding that situation may still be useful to you.

As to whether or not you are at risk for any STDs, the answer is that yes, you are. Unprotected oral sex can expose you to herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. It is possible for you to have one or more of these STDs without having any symptoms. If you have never been tested for STDs, now would be a good time to get started. If you are going to be sexually active, you should be getting tested regularly.

Of course, it is possible that the man who performed oral sex on you was disease-free. If that is the case, you have nothing to worry about. If this is something that you discussed with him, keep in mind what we said in the last paragraph: it is possible to have an STD and not know it. Even if your partner thought he was being honest with you when he told you that he does not have any STDs, it is still a good idea to get yourself checked.

In the future, if you want to reduce the risk of contracting an STD while receiving oral sex, wear a condom. Condom use significantly cuts down the risk of STD transmission during oral sex. 

We hope that this answers your question. Always practice safe sex in the future and get yourself tested for STDs on a regular basis!

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