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Animica
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My boyfriend of over a year and I recently engaged in unprotected oral sex. Before him, I have had no other sexual partner, and neither has he. By this I mean, neither of us has engaged in any behavior past kissing with other people. His past relationship (which he doesn't call a relationship per se) was emotionally unhealthy and very short-lived, and was almost two years ago. Right now, we are in a committed, monogamous relationship (we've talked about this several times). We've been trying certain things (such as oral and manual sex) since some time ago, and recently we had a talk about how we should be little more aware or the risks involved. We think they are low, due to the fact that we've been each other's only sexual partner, but I'd like to know how much truth there is to that and maybe know some of the stats. How high or low are the risks for STI's from oral and manual sex considering the aforementioned circumstances?

[ 05-04-2010, 02:42 AM: Message edited by: I.am.a.person. ]

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If you both have not had any other sexual contact, then you are right that the risk of either of you having an STI is low. However, it is not non-existent: There are STIs that can also transmitted via non-sexual ways.

On the whole, it's always a good idea to get into the habit of having regular STI screens, even if you did not think you have had a significant risk. So why not take this opportunity to start taking care of your reproductive health, and get tested?

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Animica
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Thanks. [Smile]

I've been thinking of visiting an OB/GYN soon for tests, but are there some other places where I both my boyfriend and I can get tested?

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If you want to get tested together, you can look into finding a clinic in your area, such as Planned Parenthood.

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Animica
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Well, we once went to Planned Parenthood, but (unless I'm mistaken) they wouldn't or couldn't test us unless we had already engaged in intercourse (which we haven't). I'll go again and ask. Thanks a lot for answering so quickly. [Big Grin]
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