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  • Most definitely there are health risks when performing cunnilingus. Despite the somewhat reduced possibilities of infection you're still making direct contact with another person's bodily fluids and that's how STDs get spread. I said "reduced possibilties of infection" simply because using the mout brings into play your saliva, mucus and enzymes used to break down your food but also guard against infection. Still if you have any lesions within your mouth; even from recently brushing your teeth, you can be infected by diseases ranging from chlomedia (not sure of spelling) to herpes to the AIDS virus especially if you have lesion to lesion contact. So it's vital you either use serious protection or that you and your future partner take some qulaity time to have yourselves both checked out by a doctor before engaging in any intimacies. Best advice for cunnilingus... know your partner before going down on her.. no one-night-stands.
  • No for HIV transmission.. HIV is a prtein which is deaminated and destroyed by saliva and by stomach enzymes if ingested. If the receiver has a cut in the mouth it is bleeding outwards, therefore the virus does not enter the blood stream.
  • 1) "Cunnilingus is a safe sex act compared to other forms of sex but it is not risk free by any means. If the lady who’s receiving oral sex has a sexually transmitted disease then it can be passed on if you have unhealthy gums, or mouth ulcers etc. Herpes can come in both genital and oral forms. The risk of transferring a virus is heightened if the receiver is menstruating. To reduce the risk you could try covering the genitals with a dental dam (which now come in a variety of different flavours) or non-microwavable cling film (It has to be non microwavable so that there are no holes in it). Using these products are a precaution and not a necessity. It depends on the individual and how well you know each other. It is thought that Bacterial Vaginosis may be related to oral sex but more research is needed on this before any conclusions can be made. The instances of HIV being passed on in this way are rare but it could happen in theory. Always wait a while after brushing your teeth before having oral sex in case you irritate your gums while brushing." Source and further information: http://www.lgf.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing/sexual-health-2/women-s-sexual-health/oral-sex-cunnilingus/ 2) "Like most sexual behaviours these activities can carry increased risks of sexually transmitted and other pathogenic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control reported there is little data available regarding the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases between women. However they noted pathogens such as metronidazole-resistant trichomoniasis, genotype-concordant HIV, human papilloma virus (HPV, which has been linked to nearly all cases of cervical cancer) and syphilis can be spread through sexual contact between women. While the rates of these pathologies is unknown, one study showed 30% of lesbians and bisexual women had medical histories with sexually transmitted diseases. This does not mean sexually active lesbians are exposed to higher health risks than the general population. Health Canada noted "the prevalence of all types of HPV (cancer and non-cancer-causing) in different groups of Canadian women ranges from 20%–33%" and an American university study found 60% of sexually active females were infected with HPV at some time within a three year period." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesbian_sexual_practices

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