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What sexually transmitted diseases can I get that a condom won't prevent?

By Anonymous June 6, 2014 - 11:51am
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When I research protection against STD's, all the articles focus on regular intercourse and using a condom. They don't talk about any of the foreplay and other activities that might precede or go along with intercourse. What about kissing, oral sex, etc.? Can anyone give me guidance, recommendations (other than complete abstinence - I get that one)? Thank you!

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When it comes to being safe, here are some guidelines. Kissing on the mouth does not cause sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) Oral sex is a very direct way to get one. In fact, if one partner has HPV virus, it can even cause throat cancer. Infections like gonorrhea and other STDs can also be transmitted sexually. So if you want to be safe during foreplay if it involves oral sex - use a condom. Listen to this song I wrote about how to use a condom called Wrap That Rascal. Click Here to listen to it.
Mache Seibel, MD
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Editor http://www.MyMenopauseMagazine.com and http://www.MyMenopauseMag.com

June 6, 2014 - 7:40pm

Hello Anonymous,

The bacteria, parasites, and viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections are passed on by vaginal or anal penetration by an infected partner who is not wearing a latex condom. Oral sex may still transmit infection without a latex condom or dental dam. Dental dams are thin, square pieces of rubber made with latex or silicone to prevent skin to skin contact.

Ways to avoid or reduce your risk of STDs:

Abstain. It's still the number one way
Stay with one uninfected partner: a long-term mutually monogamous relationship
Get vaccinated early before sexual exposure: can protect against human papillomavirus or HPV
Avoid vaginal and anal intercourse with new partners until you have both been tested for STDs.
Use condoms and dental dams consistently and correctly.
Avoid anonymous, casual sex.

You cannot contract an STD by kissing.

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June 6, 2014 - 5:05pm
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