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You can get an STD through contact with semen in oral sex, but if the person “giving head” has an STD, could the other contract it by means of penile-saliva contact?

Yes, it’s possible to get an STD from receiving oral sex without a condom or dental dam. For example, herpes can be easily spread from one partner to another during oral sex because it’s passed through skin-to-skin contact and not just fluids. 

Other STDs, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, can infect your throat. It’s also possible to get or pass on syphilis, hepatitis B, and HPV this way.

So use a condom or dental dam during oral sex and get tested regularly at your local Planned Parenthood Health Center to help prevent STDs and stay on top of your sexual health.

Tags: STDs, condoms, safer sex, oral sex, herpes, chlamydia, HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis b