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bumbo
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if my girlfriend gave me oral sex when i had a cut on my penis, and she had a cold, is there a risk of an infection?

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Unprotected oral sex always presents an STI risk, just like unprotected vaginal intercourse always presents an STI risk.

In terms of what can make those risks higher, an open wound of any kind ups the risk for both you and a partner. Her having a cold doesn't elevate the risk to you, but since it's something making her immune system work overtime, it can increase HER risks of infection.

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we both do not have any sti's or std's, is there still a risk?

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Understand that, again, this always presents a risk. The issue is how great or small a risk it presents.

With a couple who have:
• been sexually monogamous for at least six months,
• been practicing safer sex for at least six months, including for oral sex, before going unprotected, and
• BOTH had at least TWO full and fully negative screenings for ALL sexually transmitted infections before going without latex barriers...

...the risk is as minimal as it gets (obviously, sparing it being minimized further if two people aren't having any sort of sex at all).

If any of those factors is not the case, then the risks increase. For instance, if you have had only one screening, but not two, the risk is larger. If you had only practiced safer sex for three months rather than six, it's larger.

If in saying neither of you have STIs you mean that you both have had those two screenings and engaged in those other safer sex practices before now, then there is still a risk, as there always is, but that risk is very minimal.

Make sense?

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