Dear Emily,
I’m not super experienced sex wise. Last week I gave a guy a blowjob without a condom and cum got in my mouth. I realized the day after that I had a small sore in my mouth. Should I be worried about an STI? I’m freaking myself out here. Help!

STIs (or STBBIs) can be really confusing, especially because people don’t often learn the most up to date or accurate sex education information in school. The good thing is, oral sex is considered a low risk activity. Yes, theoretically you can expose yourself to STIs through oral sex, but the risk of transmitting is actually very low. A great chart about low risk to high risk activities can be found here.

That does not mean that you shouldn’t get tested if you have a new partner, or regularly if you are in a non-monogamous relationship! You can get tested at Planned Parenthood or your general practitioner. You can also find a clinic here. STIs are more common than you think, and many are curable or treatable. But always talk to new partners about if they’ve been tested. It’s 100% okay to not have sex with someone until you know they’ve had tests done. Even then, it’s still a good idea to wear condoms or dental dams.

Curable STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. This is because they are bacterial and can be treated with antibiotics. Treatable but incurable STI viruses are HIV/AIDS, genital herpes, genital warts, human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis B virus, and cytomegalovirus. Although they’re treatable, they are still very serious and life changing infections.

With all that being said, don’t freak out. Go get tested for peace of mind!

This was a lot to digest, if anyone would like me to do a video about STIs/STBBIs let me know!

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