[Question #5160] Protected Oral Sex

22 months ago
This time around I just want to be sure my experiences do not cause me anxiety. I realize that oral sex is safe sex even if unprotected. 

My question is when using a condom during oral sex that covers the entire penis all the way down the shaft how likely is it to get a STI. I infer that HIV is zero at that point. But my question revolves around Herpes and syhilis. If the entire shaft is covered is basically 0 risk correct?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
As discussed in your other two threads, even without a condom, oral sex is very low risk for all STDs. With a condom, the risk is zero for all STDs, including both herpes and syphilis.

Repetative questions on the same topic are discouraged. This will have to be your last one about oral sex and its risks, or about other exposures widely understood to carry little or risk. Thanks for your understanding.
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22 months ago
Thank You for your reply. I apologize I grew up in the south where sex education wasn’t the best. Than went to a religious based college still no help in sex education. However this forum has help considerably. 

In a way helping me learn on the fly. 

Thank You
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
Thanks for the thanks. Indeed, the quality of sex education tends to be especially poor in "red" states, where malign political and religious forces influence head-in-the-sand programs, if any at all. Directly as a result, both STD/HIV rates and unwanted pregnancy rates are highest in the same areas. The same tends to be true among students of some if not all religion-based colleges.

But you can educate yourself without having to rely on repeated $25 payments on this or other online forums. Excellent information on STD/HIV prevention (as well as contraception) and common sense approaches to sexual behavior is available online and cost free. Start with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/std) and the American Sexual Health Association, the sponsor of this forum (www.ashasexualhealth.org, and look for the STD/STI link).
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22 months ago
Thank you for the information I have read the CDC website and that’s why I had the test done in the previous 2 threads I spoke about the CDC website in my estimation is also very conservative or just covering there backside. 

I have found you Dr. Hook and Mrs. Warren are straight forward in my reading. It’s just more practical in every day life. 

Lastly the unprotected oral sex exposure was my first exposure and about 2 weeks ago I took your oral sex is little risk for some STIs and no to little risk for some as in HEP C HEP B and HIV and decided a condom would entirely take risk out of the equation. 

In conlclusion using a condom reduces all risk associated with STDs and STIs when talking about vaginal and anal sex and with regards to oral sex the risk become zero. 

Thanks Again. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
I would consider oral sex with a condom that does not break as truly zero risk for all STDs. Condoms are not completely protective for vaginal or anal sex, which allow for substantial skin-skin contact above the condom, especially for vaginal sex. And the frequency of condom breakage is higher for anal than vaginal sex. (FYI, there is no need to use both STD and STI. They mean exactly the same thing -- it's a preference of terminology, but no difference in definition of meatning.)

That completes this thread. Please follow our request to avoid repeats of variations on the same question. But I hope this disucssion has been helflpul.
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