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Are sexually active teens at higher risk for STDs?

I have a friend who's 16 and sexually active...I was wondering if there are any physical risks involved in having sex that young.

I have HSV-1 and HSV-2...my partner has herpes, too. How can I safely give her oral sex?

I’m a man with HSV-1 and HSV-2, and I am beginning relationships with women who also have HSV. Are there any devices for giving oral sex to women? I know condoms protect in the reverse scenario.

Is it possible to catch an STD from contact with clothing...like worn panties?

My friend of many years enjoys sucking on the crotch of my worn panties. Recently, I became aware that I am not the only dish on the table, which brings me to my question: if a woman has a STD, and my friend "dines" on her panties, is it possible for him to pass a disease to me through kissing or through oral sex?   

Can I get herpes from giving my girlfriend oral sex?

After performing oral sex on my girlfriend, I break out with cold sores around my mouth. Am I at risk for herpes?

How risky is unprotected oral sex?

What is the risk of contracting STDs through oral sex with a man who is not wearing a condom? Is the risk reduced if I don’t swallow the ejaculate?

I have genital herpes...will my boyfriend ever be able to give me oral sex without protection?

I’m a 22-year-old woman with genital herpes. Recently, I met a wonderful guy and we’ve been dating. Our sex life is fun and we always use condoms, but I miss receiving oral sex and I don’t think using a dental dam will feel as good. I read an article that said it was very unlikely (but not impossible) to pass herpes through oral sex. What do you think?

Is oral sex with another woman a risk factor for catching AIDS?

Can I get AIDS from having oral sex with another woman? How can I prevent it?