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MusicFan
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Hi,
Today, I performed unprotected oral-anal sex on my boyfriend, and a few hours later when I brushed my teeth, there was some bleeding (quite a bit, actually) going on, i.e. there was an open cut in my mouth at that time. I'm wondering what my risk for STIs would be as a result. Does the fact that I had a cut in my mouth increase the risk of getting hepatitis, etc.? (By the way, I'm a guy, too, if that matters.)

Thanks!

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eryn_smiles
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Oral/anal sex poses risk of transmitting the following STIs-
Chlamydia
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Gonorrhea
Hepatitis
Herpes Simplex
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Molluscum Contagiosum
Syphilis

When people have cuts or open wounds, there's slightly higher risk of exchanging blood and transmitting the blood-borne viruses like hepatitis and HIV.

The best way to keep ourselves safe during oral sex is to use latex barriers like dental dams, saran wrap or a condom cut-up with lubricant. You'll also both want to get regular STI testing, 3-6 months into a new relationship and then yearly or whenever you change partners. If you're worried about STIs from this particular risk today, you could get testing in 4-6 weeks time and aim for safer sex measures in the meantime. What do you think?

More info-
http://www.scarleteen.com/article/crisis/sti_risk_assessment_the_cliffs_notes
http://www.scarleteen.com/article/sexuality/safe_sound_sexy_a_safer_sex_how_to

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Pumpkin_Pie
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Hi Music Fan,

Beautiful pacific has covered the more practical side of things - how are you feeling about that info?
Is there anything else you want to ask us in terms of how you can negotiate safer sex practices with your boyfriend, be more prepared for safer sex etc?

Do you think you might consider getting an STI test in the next few weeks and start using dental dams etc now?

Rebecca

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