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Am I giving my girlfriends yeast infections from oral sex?

I’m a guy and I’m concerned that I’m passing yeast infections to my female partners. Over the past several years, I’ve had three girlfriends and they’ve all come down with yeast infections at some point during the relationship. My current girlfriend got a yeast infection after our first sexual contact (I gave her oral sex). Could I be the cause?

My boyfriend is a quad. When I give him head, we leave his indwelling catheter in...is that safe?

I’m a healthy 46-year-old woman. My boyfriend is a 47-year-old quad. After being together a year, we’ve found many ways to be sexually intimate with each other...even though he can't have sexual intercourse. One of the things he enjoys is my giving him head. He has an indwelling catheter, which we usually leave in. Can I contract any infections from doing this? I'm concerned because he has frequent bladder infections.

What signs should I look for after unprotected oral sex to know if I have an STD?

I had unprotected oral sex with a woman I don’t know much about except that she is quite sexually active. The encounter was brief, but I’m wondering – how would I know if I contracted an STD? What symptoms should I look for?

If I give my boyfriend oral sex when I have cold sores, could he catch genital herpes?

I’ve always gotten cold sores on my lips and I have some now. When I give my boyfriend oral sex, can he get herpes from my cold sores? Is it bad to give him oral sex when I have cold sores, or are oral and genital herpes two different kinds of herpes?

Can I get pregnant from oral sex? Can I catch a disease?

I was wondering if you can get pregnant or catch a disease through oral sex if you use a condom?

What’s in semen? Is it bad to swallow?

What exactly is in semen? Are there any benefits or risks to swallowing semen during sex?

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?   

Is it dangerous for me to swallow another man’s ejaculate after giving him a blow job?

I’m a 25-year-old man and ⎼ for the last month ⎼ I’ve been sneaking away with a male co-worker so I can perform oral sex on him. He says it gives him relief because he gets turned on by all the provocatively dressed women we work with. Last week, I confided in a female co-worker and she said we should stop. She said that if I give a guy a blow job and swallow, eventually the protein from his sperm will mix with mine and cause an infection in my balls. Is that true?

I have a yeast infection…how long do my boyfriend and I have to wait to have oral sex again?

I am 17 years old, and I’ve just been diagnosed with my first yeast infection. My boyfriend and I enjoy oral sex and I was wondering how long I should wait until we can have oral sex again? Until the itching is gone?

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?