Oral sex will therefore be more risky for the person giving oral sex around the time of menstruation and if they have bleeding gums, sores or wounds, or a sore throat, inflammation or untreated infection in the mouth.
You can reduce the risk further by using a dental dam (a sheet of latex) or using a piece of latex cut from a condom, as protection.
NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.
NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional.
Oral sex used to be something that was only practised by a minority of couples.
Giving oral sex to a man is higher risk than receiving it.
Public Health England estimates that about 1 to 3% of all sexual transmissions of HIV in the UK are due to oral sex.
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