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Can you get chlamydia from oral sex?

Published:Saturday | July 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Hi Doc. I am 18 and I have given oral sex to several guys in order to avoid having full sex. But a friend has told me that a girl can get chlamydia that way. Is this true?

A: Yes, it is. Oral sex can give you chlamydia and gonorrhoea ('the clap'). In fact, it can also give you syphilis, though that is not so common.

In addition, it has recently been shown that oral sex quite often transmits Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is a micro-organism that can give a person cancer - particularly of the throat - many years later.

However, I don't want you to become alarmed. You say that you have given fellatio (that is, oral sex performed by a female on a male) to 'several' guys. I am guessing that you mean maybe three or four.

Well, if all these young men were clean and free from disease, then probably you are going to be OK. But, I feel it would be a good idea to go to a sympathetic doctor and ask her to arrange for tests for chlamydia - including a throat swab.

I think that, in the future, it would be unwise for you to offer men your 'oral favours'. Why not save it for when you become engaged or have a steady relationship?

Finally, there is one good thing that I can say about oral sex. At least, it will not get you pregnant.

Doctor, I am a guy of 19, and I have a regular girlfriend. For some reason, she won't allow me the 'bottom sex'. Don't you think this is unfair and unreasonable of her? Surely a girl who really loves her boyfriend would do this for him?

A: I totally disagree with you. For a start, anal sex is still illegal in Jamaica. It is a good way of passing on germs. And - very importantly - it really hurts most young women. Only very rarely do they get any pleasure from it.

But for some reason, you think that you have the right to have rectal sex with your girlfriend. I have news for you. You don't!

I am a girl who has been masturbating from time to time over the last five years - since I was 14, in fact. Recently, my eyes have not been too good and I have to get some glasses soon. My best friend whispered to me that the deterioration in my vision might be due to masturbation. Is this true, Doc? If so, I suppose I could stop. I hate the idea of wearing spectacles.

A: What your friend has told you is one of the oldest myths about masturbation. But it is all foolishness.

There is no way that sexual activity of any kind can affect a person's eyes. And that applies to masturbation as well as to sex with a partner. So pay this crazy story no mind.

It looks as though you'll have to wear 'specs'. But have you considered getting yourself some contact lenses?

I am a guy of 17, Doc. Ever since I started having sex, the spots on my face have been a lot worse.So are these pustules caused from sexual activity?

A: No, they aren't. Folks think that a so-called 'bad complexion' must be due to sex because of the fact that the skin problems occur at about the time most people are thinking about sexual activity, or indeed actually having it.

But, that is not the case. The fact is that your hormone 'output' changes dramatically in your teens. It is the change in hormone levels that makes you get complexion problems. And the change in hormones also makes you interested in sex.

So stop fretting about this idea that sex might affect your skin. Please go and see a doctor who can assess the state of your complexion and give you appropriate medication.

We are a young couple, and we love each other. Could you please enlighten us about female orgasm? Is a young woman supposed to climax when she has intercourse with her guy?

A: That is a good question because so many people are misinformed about this subject.

First of all, let me explain that a lot of young women simply can't orgasm when they first start having sex. Some can - but a lot do not manage it till they have been in a steady relationship with a loving, caring partner for quite a long time.

Secondly, it is still not widely appreciated that most women cannot regularly orgasm from sexual intercourse alone. Intercourse, by itself, is not sufficient to make them climax.

As the United States sex researcher Shere Hite has shown, most women need stimulation of the clitoris if they are to orgasm. If there is no clitoral stimulation, they will not 'come'. I hope that answers your question.

I'm 21 and male. When I was having sex with my fiancé last night, I felt a little pain. I later noticed that there was a small amount of blood in my sperm. Is this some form of sexually-transmitted infection?

A: No, it's not an STI. It sounds like you have broken a small blood vessel - that is, a tiny tube that carries blood.

You should get a doctor to check out your 'equipment' and you should refrain from sex for the next two weeks. But the odds are that you will be fine, and that this problem will clear up by itself.

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