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Definitionfellatio / fellatorism , kissing, licking, and sucking the head and shaft of the penis during foreplay or until orgasm and ejaculation. A distinction was once made in Latin and old English between fellation and irrumation according to who was actively moving: irrumatio meant to thrust the penis into the partner's mouth, fellatio meant to move the head and mouth up and down around the penis. This distinction has vanished in modern English and the word irrumation has almost completely fallen out of use. CAUTION: Oral sex between disease-free people is not risky. Although oral sex was, until resently, considered a low risk activity for getting HIV (USA Today (Feb. 2, 2000) a recent study shows that as many as 8% of new HIV infections in gay men result from performing oral sex) other STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes 2 that can be transmitted orally. Since HIV may be contained in the seminal and vaginal fluids of an HIV-infected person, protection in the form of a latex condom with spermicide (preferably nonoxynol-9) is recommended for fellatio and a dental dam or latex barrier should be used for cunnilingus. It isn't easy for HIV to get into the bloodstream through the mouth unless that the mouth contains cuts, sores, or recent dental work. No cases have been reported yet of people being infected with HIV by having oral sex performed on them.Etymology: From the Latin fellâtus , past participle of fellâre , to suck, and fello, originally meaning to suck the teat.New Latin, from Latin, to suck.Synonyms: coitus in os; corvus (obs.); fellatio; oral copulation of the penis; penilinctus; penilingism; penilingus; penosugia; phallalingus; virilingus. See fellatio for synonyms.
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