Two-thirds of teens and young adults say they have had oral sex. The data reveals about one-quarter of people between 15 and 24 years old have tried oral sex before engaging in intercourse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states in their National Health Statistics Report many believe oral sex is "risk-free."
Health experts say that is not the case. Studies show five to ten percent of gonorrhea cases from patients visiting clinics are found in the throat.
The CDC notes oral sex can also raise the risk for infection with chlamydia, herpes and syphilis. And while the odds of contracting any sexually transmitted disease from oral sex remain lower than for unprotected intercourse, the CDC states "numerous studies have demonstrated oral sex can result in the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases."
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