[Question #2914] STD transmission through licking or sucking on nipples.

39 months ago
Hello, i have had contact with a prostitute and she sucked and licked on my nipple. My nipple had a little cut a few days ago and not bleeding now. My concern is catching any STD and is there a possibility that i have caught an STD ? It only happened this afternoon. Thanks
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
39 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

You needn't worry:  there is no STD risk from such an exposure. STDs are rarely transmitted from the mouth -- for example, never by kissing and only rarely by oral sex. For sure there is no risk by mouth to skin contact anywhere on the body, including nipples. (There is a theoretical small risk of herpes due to HSV1, the type that causes oral herpes. But that's not considered an STD -- and there is no realistic chance of it from a single exposure like this.)

In case you're interested in more detail:  When oral STDs are present, in general they are located in the back of the throat and are not transmitted from lips, tongue, or by saliva. That's why oral sex can transmit STDs like gonorrhea to the penis, but kissing and contact like you had are virtually risk free.

So no worries, no need for testing, and if you have a regular partner, you can safely continue your normal sexual practices.

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

HHH, MD

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