Many STDs can be spread through oral sex.
STDs can be spread to a sex partner even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms.
If you are infected with an STD, you might not know it because many STDs may have no symptoms.
- You can get STDs in your throat from performing oral sex on a partner with a genital or anal infection, particularly from giving oral sex to a partner with an infected penis.
- You can get STDs on your penis (and possibly your vagina or anus) from receiving oral sex from a partner with a throat infection.
- You can have an STD in more than one area at the same time; for example, in your throat and your penis or vagina at the same time.
- Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HPV, HIV, and trichomonas can all be spread during oral sex.
- Several STDs that can be transmitted by oral sex could spread throughout the body of an infected person.
Visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: STD Risk and Oral Sex for more information about oral sex and your STD risk.
Infections with C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae are common in the anus and thoat in certain populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM). Because these infections are common in MSM, and most infections are asymptomatic, routine annual screening is recommended.
Anal and throat infections are not uncommon in women either.