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The Youth Perspective continued...
"While syphilis rates are steady in
the U.S., 14.7% of cases are now attributable to oral sex," George
"Despite this, many doctors don't ask about oral sex and many often fail
to screen for syphilis," she says.
"We need to take a more active role with our young patients, especially
in recommending use of latex condoms, even plastic food wrap, when performing
oral sex," she says.
James Byrne, MD, chief of obstetrics services at Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center in San Jose, Calif., says, "This is eye-opening information that
really requires that ob-gyns question their patients about sexual activity,
especially oral sex." This also pertains to any primary care provider.
The common ingredient of both surveys is that "we can't overestimate the
value of basic communication. If doctors don't ask you, you should ask
them," Byrne tells WebMD.