Dr. Jose Narciso Melchor Sescon – president of the AIDS Society of the Philippines and current Chief of Clinics of Sta. Ana Hospital – answers all your HIV-related inquiries. For all your questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Good day Doc,
I’m not a sexually active guy but if there’s an opportunity to do it, I make sure to take make my self clean by taking shower and do all my cleaning rituals. I love giving heads and asking my mate to come in my mouth. I don’t know if this has been asked, but is it safe to gargle mouthwash after having sex?
Your response will be much appreciated.
Mouthwash has hygiene purposes; and there are many types of mouthwashes, like the alcohol-based products that cause stinging when used, or the much milder types of mouthwashes. As stated, it has benefits for good hygiene purposes.
However, I have not encountered any journals/scientific studies that evaluate the effect of mouthwash re HIV risk/s; or specifically point out mouthwash as a sole preventive or curative measure for bacteria or viruses.* For that matter, it just alleviates whatever – say, soreness in the mouth – one has.
For more information, it is best to consult and to talk face-to-face to your doctor.
You can get STIs through oral sex.