Every time I give my boyfriend my head, I get a cold sore! What could be the reason? This article will explain this in detail!
Fun Fact: Did you know that Oral sex was once a punishable offence in some states? We’ve come a long way!
Oral sex is one of the most intense expressions of intimacy couples can enjoy. While indulging in this once-taboo sexual activity can be a healthy part of any romantic relationship, there are some things to remember.
Many people see oral sex as safe sex, with ‘safe’ in this context defined as having sexual satisfaction without the risk of pregnancy.
But according to medical practitioners, safe sex is any sexual practice that significantly decreases or prevents the chances of contracting infections from a sexual partner.
Medical professionals do not consider oral sex or any kind of sex safe unless there are precautions to prevent or reduce the transmission of diseases between sexual partners.
This means that while there is no likelihood of becoming pregnant from performing oral sex or giving head, as some might call it, oral sex is not entirely safe, as people might think, as most STDs can be transmitted through oral sex.
We’ll look at the symptoms to look out for, plus steps to take if you experience a cold sore after a blow job.
What Are Cold Sores?
Cold sores — also known as oral herpes — are a common viral infection. These are small, fluid-filled blisters around your lips, often grouped in patches.
After the blisters break, A scab is formed around that area that could last for about 3-4 days.
It is reported that over half the adults in the United States have oral herpes, according to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).
Cold sores should heal in two to three weeks without leaving a scar, and these sores can spread from person to person through close contact, e.g. kissing and oral sex.
What Causes Cold Sores?
Most people don’t know this, but cold sores are herpes! Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a virus.
The virus that causes herpes is called the herpes simplex virus or HSV. HSV-1 usually causes cold sores, and HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes, but either virus can cause both types of infection.
Symptoms of oral herpes include fever, headache, sore throat, and painful blisters on the mouth or face. Symptoms of genital herpes include fever, headache, and painful blisters on the genitals or rectum.
What Is the Cure for Cold Sores?
Cold Sores have no cure, but treatment can help manage their outbreaks. Prescription antiviral pills or creams can also help your sores heal more quickly. And they could reduce the frequency, length, and severity of future cold sore outbreaks.
But during outbreaks, ensure you:
- Use barrier contraception during sexual activities: Condoms and dental dams are available for purchase in pharmacies and on the Internet.
- Get regular sexually transmitted infection tests: It is important to ensure that you and your sexual partner are tested regularly.
- Limit the number of sexual partners you have: Limiting the number of sexual partners ensures that the virus is not being spread from person to person.
- Avoid sexual activity during outbreaks: If you notice any symptoms of an outbreak, you should avoid sexual contact, including kissing.
- Taking medication: You should talk to your doctor and healthcare provider about whether or not a daily anti-herpes medication is right for you.
It is worth noting that effective treatments are available for controlling frequent cold sores. Some of these treatments can stop an attack in its tracks if they are taken early enough.
But unfortunately, no evidence using these treatments decreases the risk of spreading the virus, so you’ll have to stay safe.
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