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Dr. Sefogah advises against the practice of oral sex.

The programme Director of DRH, Ghana has advised against the practice of oral sex among all population groups. Defined as the sexual activity involving the stimulation of the genitallis by the use of the mouth, tongue, feet, or throats, oral sex is performed as part of foreplay before sexual intercourse, or during intercourse or afterwards.

This was said during a national TV education series “Medical Notes on TV3 14th – 18th of Dec 2009.

He noted that various societies differed in opinion and perception of oral sex; ranging from utter disgust in several areas including sub Saharan West Africa, to its perception as a spiritually fulfilling exercise in some chinese population.

Emphasising on the adverse medical/health effects of oral sex, Dr.sefogah indicated that the major risk is that of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infectious Diseases (STIs) including chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, hepatitis and HIV. He further said research studies have linked the practice of oral sex to an increased risk of developing cancers of the month, tongue and throat through the transmission of strains of the Human Papiloma Virus ( HPV).

He advised the general public to make healthy sexual choices and desist from practicing oral sex to lower the risk of suffering frequent STDs which can cause young women their fertility and also lower the risk of suffering cancers of the mouth, throat, neck and head area.


Updated: 5th February 2010