A medical expert, Dr Kolade Johnson, has warned against the practice of using saliva as a lubricant during sex.
Johnson, who works in a private hospital, said on Wednesday in Ilorin that when someone with a mouth sore uses saliva as a sex lubricant, the partner would be exposed to genital herpes.
He said other diseases that could arise from using saliva as a sex lubricant include Human Papilo Virus, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and even Gonorrhea, amongst others.
The medical expert said it could be worse for women as saliva could upset the vagina environment to cause vaginal or yeast infections.
“Saliva cannot even be as slippery as expected which can easily cause tears because it gets dried up easily.
“Also, if the person has bad breath it can cause horrible smelling discharge.
“So, the best thing is to engage in foreplay to get wet before the real action.
“But if that is not attainable, get a lubricant in registered pharmacies and not popular chemists around or people hawking drugs,” Johnson said.