The Risks of Having Oral Sex With a Prostitute

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There are risks in paying a prostitute for oral sex. While unprotected fellatio is not the riskiest sexual activity, it is still potentially risky for any man who receives it. And, it's not just risky those who visit prostitutes and other commercial sex workers.

STD Risks Vary With Oral Sex

The risks of oral sex are numerous. Unprotected oral sex can spread a variety of STDs. Major risks for unprotected oral sex include herpes, syphilis, HPV, and gonorrhea. Very rarely, an unprotected blowjob can also lead to HIV.

Men who visit prostitutes in the developing world and other high-risk areas are often particularly concerned about contracting HIV. HIV can be transmitted through oral sex, although these cases are rare. The risk of contracting HIV is much higher during other forms of sexual activity. Still, as oral sex does include a risk of HIV, it is always a good idea to use a condom during oral sex. That's particularly true with an untested partner or a partner who is high-risk, such as a prostitute. Condoms are very effective at reducing HIV risk.

Practicing Safe Oral Sex

However, HIV isn't the main reason people might want to consider using a condom when getting a blowjob.

Remember, HIV is not the only potential negative consequence of receiving oral sex from a prostitute or other partner. Syphilis, gonorrhea, HPV, and herpes can be transmitted during a blowjob. As with HIV, practicing safe oral sex will reduce your risk.

Cover your penis with a non-lubricated latex condom, or a plastic condom if you or your partner is allergic to latex. If performing oral sex on the vagina or anus, use a dental dam. However, condoms may not be 100 percent effective at preventing the diseases that can be spread from skin to skin.

Get Screened

Under no circumstances should you simply wait to see if you develop symptoms to determine whether your sexual encounter has exposed you to an STD. Many men with STDs never show any obvious symptoms. They can still suffer long-term health effects or pass the infection onto their partners.

Fortunately, except for HPV, all of the above diseases can be screened for using blood or urine testing. That said, it may take several months to be certain that your results are reliable as it takes that long for the body to form the antibodies that the tests detect.

There is no practical way to quantify your level of risk after you have received an unprotected blow job from a prostitute. The most accurate answer is that it is possible that they've been exposed to and infected with one or more STDs. The only way to be certain is to get tested, and you can't be sure you are negative if you are tested too soon for antibodies to have developed.

Men who have taken a risk need to should consider the possibility that they are putting their sexual partners at risk during future sexual encounters. As such, they should discuss their risk and practice safe sex accordingly.

Unpaid Sex May Not Be Safer

Some commercial sex workers are consistent in practicing safer sex and undergoing regular testing. In fact, in the U.S. commercial sex workers may be better about these precautions than many people who simply have a lot of sexual partners without getting paid.

The upshot: Unless you do your homework, you have to assume every sex partner is potentially a source of risk. It doesn't matter whether you're paying them or not.

Someone who always has safe sex is probably going to be a lower risk partner than someone who only does so infrequently. If nothing else, consistently having safe sex shows that they are aware of the risks of sex. That's particularly true if they're also engaging in regular testing.

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