HomeAnswersSexologyunprotected sexI am 31 years old and recently got engaged in oral sex with a sex worker, without a condom. Should I be concerned?

Should a 31-year-old male who got engaged in oral sex with a sex worker take any preventive measures?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 31 years old and recently got engaged in a sexual encounter with a sex worker. We used protection during intercourse; however, she performed oral sex without a condom. I am concerned about the potential health risks. Should I undergo any testing or take preventive measures? Kindly help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

Engaging in oral sex does carry some health risks, although the likelihood of transmission is generally low compared to other sexual activities. Here are a few potential health concerns related to oral sex:

  1. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): While the risk is lower than unprotected vaginal or anal sex, certain STIs can still be transmitted through oral sex. These include herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. To reduce the risk, it is important to use protection such as condoms or dental dams.

  2. Human papillomavirus (HPV) and oral cancer: HPV can be transmitted through oral sex, potentially leading to oral, throat, and cervical cancers. You can significantly reduce the risk of infection by getting vaccinated against HPV.

  3. Herpes: Oral contact with an infected partner's mouth or genitals can transmit herpes. If you notice any symptoms or have concerns, iit is advisable to get yourself tested.

I hope my advice would be helpful. Feel free to ask if you have any further queries.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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