Licking, sucking your partner’s genitals is risky, spreads STIs faster-Gynecologist

A Gynecologist at the Ga West Municipal Hospital-Kwabenya, Dr. Benedict Afari, has cautioned individuals who practice oral sex to be careful since it could lead to sexually transmitted infections even you condomize your sex.

He said the purpose of protecting oneself from STIs by using condoms could be defeated if sexually active persons engage in oral sex.

Speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the medical practitioner said if “you do not trust the one you are having sex with, then avoid licking their genitals. You could contract infections. It is safer to only engage in penetrative protective sex if you don’t trust the one you are engaging in sex with to be on the safer side”.

He said it is great to practice the ABC of sex which includes abstaining from sex, being faithful to your partner, or the use of condoms at all times and appropriately.

He admitted sex is good and a stress reliever as well as a practice that can increase bonding between partners but without safer sex, one can contract an infection.

He also advised against multiple sexual partners saying, these practices increase the chance of contracting infections.

He stressed that because oral sex usually involves sucking or licking your partner’s genitals, you are likely to come into contact with fluids that can put you at risk of many STIs if your partner is an infected person.

The primary function of a condom is to prevent the transmission of bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, and blood. In turn, this can help to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during sexual intercourse. But if you fail to use wear it properly, you could be at risk, he said.

However, even if a condom is worn during sexual contact or intercourse, some infections can be passed by skin-to-skin contact. Some of such STIs include herpes and warts,” he added.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/

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