Oral sex – mouth to penis, mouth to vagina, mouth to anus.
- Use a condom or dental dam during oral sex.
- Use a flavoured condom if you prefer. Lip gloss and lip balm are oil based, so using them to add flavour will damage the condom.
- Brushing your teeth may cause small tears or bleeding in your gums. Don’t brush your teeth before oral sex.
- If you or your partner(s) have bleeding gums, ulcers or cold sores in or around your mouth, don't have oral sex.
- If you or your partner are being treated for an STI don’t have oral sex until you have completed your course of treatment.
- If you or your partner(s) carries the virus for Genital Herpes (Herpes simplex virus - HSV1 or HSV2) and have cold sores or open sores don't have oral, anal or vaginal sex. Cold sores and/or open sores means the virus is active. It is ok to have oral, anal or vaginal sex when the virus is not active – but remember to use a condom or dental dam.
A dental dam is a square of latex which is placed over the vagina or anus during oral sex. You can also make a dental dam by cutting up a condom.
If you or your partner is HIV+ (HIV positive) oral sex is considered a safer option to reduce the risk of passing on the virus.