STD’s, Oral Sex and The Mouth- Dr. Ari Greenspan Part 2

STD’s, Oral Sex and The Mouth

As described in part one, many different disease types can be passed from one person to another during unprotected sex with a person carrying an illness. One of the more important categories of disease are viruses.

There are a number of common viruses that one can catch .

Viral Hepatitis B – causes inflammation of the liver. If the body is not able to fight it, in close to 15% of the cases it becomes a chronic disease and is an STD. It can cause cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. A vaccine exists for hepatitis B

Herpes – is a viral infection. The virus lives in nerve cell bodies and when the become periodically reactivated, the will once again produce symptoms. The oral form of herpes is called a cold sore or fever blister. It presents as a blister or sore on the lip.  It exists in the body for life. This STD can be painful.

HIV – is a virus and is the cause for  AIDs. AIDS allows for the failure of the human defense system and for opportunistic infections to thrive.

HPV – Human Pappiloma Virus. can cause warts on skin or mucous membranes. It has been associated with various cancers including cervix,vulva, penis and the oropharanx . A vaccine does exist for this virus.


STD’s are an important category of diseases greatly affecting human kind. Transmission can be prevented if proper protective measures are used.