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can you get AIDS from having oral sex with an infected person?

It’s rare, but it can happen. Unprotected oral sex (without using a condom or other barrier) puts both partners at risk for a number of sexually transmitted infections, whether they are giving or receiving oral sex. The STDs most likely to be transmitted are gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B. Chlamydia and the human papilloma virus (HPV) are less likely to be transmitted by oral sex. HIV is rarely transmitted in this way.

Oral sex is safer sex than vaginal or anal intercourse. To further reduce risk, use a condom to cover the penis, or a Sheer Glyde dam, plastic wrap, or cut-open condom to cover the vulva or anus.

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