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How To Give a Safe Blowjob


Updated May 22, 2014

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Oral sex isn't safe sex: blow jobs put both the giver and the receiver at risk of numerous STDs. Fortunately for everyone who enjoys fellatio, there are ways to make the act safer. Using a condom for oral sex won't make your blowjobs less fun, but they will make them much less likely to be something you'll regret.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: From 5 minutes to 5 hours

Here's How:

  1. Find a man who you would like to perform oral sex on. Using whatever techniques that may be at your disposal (kissing, touching, etc.), turn him on enough so that his penis becomes at least semi-erect.
  2. Choose the right condom for oral sex. In general, you'll want to avoid lubricated condoms, particularly those lubricated with nonoxynol-9.
  3. Before putting your partner's penis in your mouth, put the condom on his penis. You can do this with either your hands or, with a little bit of practice, your mouth.
  4. Give your partner a blowjob, as you normally would. Take his latex-covered penis in your hand, play with his testicles, suck on him, use your tongue, etc. Just remember that the body parts that are not latex-covered could still, at least theoretically, transmit those sexually transmitted diseases that are passed from skin to skin, such as genital herpes and syphilis.
  5. When one or both of you is done with the blow job, carefully remove the condom and discard it. It's a good idea to use a new condom for any other form of sex.


  1. Remember that if you have oral herpes you can transmit it to your partner's genitals. In fact, HSV-1 may be even more contagious than HSV-2.
  2. If you have been fondling your partner, it is a good idea to wash your hands before touching yourself. Although the data is not conclusive, it seems likely that fingering can transmit at least some STDs.
  3. Condoms are more effective at preventing those STDs that are transmitted via bodily fluids than those that are passed from skin to skin. Therefore, using a condom during oral sex is more certain to protect both partners from HIV than herpes. Still, even in the case of skin transmitted STDs, using a condom during oral sex will reduce disease risk.
  4. Some flavored condoms sold for oral sex are actually novelty items. Make sure any condoms you buy are latex or polyurethane and are labeled as being FDA approved for use against unplanned pregnancies and STDs.
  5. While you may like using food to spice up your oral sex life, make certain not to use any foods that are oil based. They can degrade latex condoms.

What You Need:

  • A willing man
  • A condom

Next: Choosing a condom for oral sex...

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