[Question #2807] Cunnilingus Risk

42 months ago
Hello,
I've received assistance from Dr. Handsfield on this site in the past and found him to be very helpful.  I'm a 40 year old male and 1 day ago, I performed cunnilingus on a female stripper.  I didn't insert my tongue all the way into her vagina, just licked her vulva and clitoris, and this lasted for about 2-3 minutes. She did not have any noticeable legions or warts and her vagina was rather clean and didn't smell.  She told me that she was a lesbian and never had sex with a guy which is why she didn't give me fellatio.  She also assured me several times that she was "clean" so I had nothing to worry about when performing oral on her.  She was rather young, and drunk (we both were), so I'm not sure how truthful she was about anything she said.  Please let me know if I'm at risk for any STDs and if I should get tested.  I'm mostly concerned about herpes and the new "super-strain" of gonorrhea that I read about in the news.
42 months ago
Sorry, meant to say in the kitchen, not in the chicken
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
42 months ago
Welcome back to the forum. Thanks for your continuing confidence in our advice.

This question was partly addressed in your question about 4 months ago, which I glanced at. We chatted then about the low risk of oral sex. Cunnilingus is especially low risk for all STDs. Also, among all the varied sexual lifestyles, lesbians have the lowest overall STD risk of all -- a lot lower than in heterosexual women and men, for example. So the odds your partner had any genital STD was low. Her risk of syphilis and HIV were near zero. Even if she had, say, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or genital herpes, your risk from this particular event would still be near zero. All things considered, I really don't think you need be worried and I do not recommend testing for anything.

The only STD for which lesbians are at equal risk of heterosexual women is genital HPV. But everybody is repeatedly exposed to HPV anyway (oral, genital, or both) and everyone is infected. At age 40 you can assume you have had genital and/or oral HPV, probably several times, and your risk is not any higher now than it was before this particular contact.

So all is well. I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD



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42 months ago
Doctor, thank you for your prompt response.  I neglected to mention that I had a small cut in my lip that day was nearly (but not completely) healed, this was due cracked/chapped lips the day before.   Does this significantly heighten my risk of acquiring an STI?  If so, should I be on the lookout for any symptoms in or around my mouth?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
42 months ago
A small cut of this sort would not materially increase your risk of an STD, even if your partner were infected. But regardless of the cut, the mouth or throat are the only possible places you would have symptoms. You can't get genital STDs by oral exposure.

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