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KittenKisses
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(First of all I hope this is on the right board, but it does involve same gender sex)
Okay, I'm really quite worried now and I'm hoping to get some things straight before it's too late. Once again I'm here involving another question about me and my mate (there'll be chronicles soon... ) and I read that it's possible to get an STD from oral and manual sex, regardless if either member has never had experience...is this true??? And how, if so? My g/f and I have never been sexually active with anybody else, as well as really "active" in any sense, we've been each other's first for everything basically. We've gone as far as manual sex and didn't use protection (washed hands however) and nothing has come of it. But we've considered oral and now that this has come up, I'm a lot more concerned about the idea. Is this possible if we are both "clean" as far as experience goes?? And if so, what could we possibly use for safety? Maybe something in reach (like sran wrap for dental dam, I heard?)
Thank-you so much! I'm sorry for all the questions!!

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kythryne
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Hey, Kitten --

Yes, it is possible to have an STD even if you've never had any sort of sexual contact with anyone else -- the reason being that a number of STDs can be transmitted in non-sexual ways. For instance, many people have cold sores, which are caused by a herpes virus. If a person who has had cold sores performs oral sex on someone, that person can contract genital herpes as a result -- even if there weren't any cold sores present at the time. (The herpes virii are transmittable even when there are no sores present.) That's just one example of how it's possible -- there are lots of other ways.

So. Grab yourself some dental dams, or heck, just some regular plastic wrap (not the microwavable kind, though) and use it as a barrier during oral sex. And latex gloves are a good idea during manual sex, both because they prevent transmission of any STDs or other bacteria that might be floating around on your skin, and because they'll prevent scratches and such from fingernails.

If you look around the boards, you'll find some previous discussions on the issue of STDs even if you've never had sex, as well as some more information on why we suggest safer sex practices for all varieties of sex.

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Kythryne Aisling
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"The only unnatural sexual act is that which you cannot perform."
-- Alfred Kinsey


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