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If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that kids love oral sex. It’s a rite of passage in your salad days, but new research is showing that a lot of kids who give/get head don’t really understand it all that well.

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The New York Times reports on a new study that says there’s a lot of misconceptions out there. The big one is: Oral sex won’t give you an STD. That’s just flat wrong.

But the confusion doesn’t end there:

“The misconception that oral sex is risk-free is widespread among young adults, particularly teenagers. Studies show it is one of the most common reasons they give for having oral rather than vaginal intercourse (in addition to preserving virginity and not getting pregnant).”

And to make matters worse (or maybe more confusing) it may be harder to get an STD from oral sex, but if you do it could be worse.

“To make you more anxious — or just more careful — remember that each S.T.D. presents unique challenges. Not only has gonorrhea, for example, become resistant to earlier treatments, but throat gonorrheal infections can be more difficult to cure than genital infections.”

All this is just to say, stay safe out there kids. Wrap it up. Always.

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h/t NY Times