Why you should swallow

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Some women (and men) think it's gross.

Some people like it.

But did you know that swallowing your lover's ejaculation could save your life -- or at least keep you from getting an STD.

Let me explain it to you the way an HIV educator explained it to me. If you're going out on a date, what is the first thing you do? Brush your teeth. You may unknowingly scratch your gums or the walls of your mouth. Then you and your date are going to have dinner. Eating may be something spicy that could damage the inside of your mouth.

Then you decided to go all White House intern on your date. If he or she comes in your mouth and they are infected with HIV, then you could get the virus if you hold the ejaculation in your mouth.

But, if you swallow, you lower your risk. This is not to say that you won't still get HIV, because you shouldn't have oral sex without using protection.

HIV is transmitted in the following ways:

  • Sexual contact with an infected person, when the mucous membrane lining the mouth, vagina, penis, or rectum is exposed to contaminated body fluids (as occurs during unprotected sexual intercourse)
  • Injection or infusion of contaminated blood, as can occur with blood transfusions, the sharing of needles, or an accidental prick with an HIV-contaminated needle
  • Transfer from an infected mother to a child before birth, during birth, or after birth through the mother's milk

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