Can you get HPV from BOTH giving and receiving oral? How effective are dental dams & condoms in preventing HPV (I think I read somewhere it's the same as herpes, like 70%?)
I have a friend who's considering having oral sex with her boyfriend. She has done nothing sexual with another person yet, and he has had sex with one other person who's had several previous partners (they used a condom for intercourse but not for oral. Also, I am pretty confident she was tested before they had sex, and she hadn't had sex in 8 months before that so the tests should've been pretty accurate. She's had genital herpes for a couple of years, but when treated is it still safe to have sex?). My friend's boyfriend is getting tested for everything before anything happens. They are also planning on using condoms and dental dams. The biggest worry is HPV because men can't be tested and my friend hasn't had the Gardasil vaccine. She's going to soon, but that's a 6-month process. So basically my question is, do you think it's safe enough for them to have oral sex with protection even though there's a possibility he contracted HPV and even though she hasn't been vaccinated?
We can't be the ones to decide whether they would feel “safe enough” or not. What I can tell you is that using barriers, like condoms and dental dams, are just about the best and only methods of protection available.
Oops, sorry. You are correct, HPV may be spread both ways during oral sex and barriers are around 70% effective in protection. Here is an article that may also be of assistance The STI Files: Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
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