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Can you get STIs/STDs without having sex? Yes!

 

  • Pay attention to this

If you think kissing is sweet and innocent, think again. If you’re trying to avoid catching one of the big, bad sexually transmitted infections, tongue wrestling may be sabotaging your plans. A few STDs can be passed on when you swap saliva through kissing.

Mononucleosis (Mono) is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a kissing disease. But herpes, the virus that causes cold sores, is the one you should be concerned for!

 

  • Taking the “Downtown Express” 

Many people don’t consider oral sex to be “real” sex because it doesn’t involve genital to genital contact or penetration. However way you classify it, oral sex can transmit diseases if the penis, vagina, or anus involved are infected. The secretions, sores, and broken skin that are common to genital herpes, most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus 2, are all very likely to spread the disease during oral sex.  Chlamydia, in rare cases, can infect your throat during oral sex. Diseases like herpes and HPV (human papillomavirus) can’t be completely prevented by condoms.

 

  • Contaminated Foods 

You can get hepatitis A (HAV) from having sex with someone who is infected or from eating contaminated food and drinks. Hepatitis A is mainly transmitted via ingestion of fecal matter. If someone uses the restroom, doesn’t wash their hands, and begins prepping your food or making you a drink, you can end up getting an STD from your food, which you can then transmit sexually. Scary, right? Yuck!

 

  • Get Close Without Clothes 

Skin-to-skin contact may seem harmless, but it’s all herpes or HPV need to become your lifelong viral travel companion. The bare-down-there grooming trend makes transmission even more likely because it is easier to cause breaks in the skin. Your risk of contracting either infection depends on many factors, such as the level of infection the person has and condition of your skin.

 

  • Touch Bases 

Much like the skin-to-skin contact mentioned above, indirect contact is a less likely, but still possible, way to get an STD without having sex. Trichomoniasis can be spread by hand-to-genital contact or even hitch a ride to your genitals on an unwashed sex toy or panties.

 

  • Share Sheets (or Towels or Clothes) 

You aren’t likely to find viral infections present in your towels or sheets, but there could be other infections waiting in the fibers. The single-celled protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis causes trichomoniasis. This parasite loves damp fabrics and can hang out for almost an hour outside the body waiting for you. Crabs, or pubic lice, are creatures that can also stick around in your bedding or clothing.

 

  • Share a Shave 

Sharing razors– or pretty much anything that cuts or pierces the skin– is a possible way to catch an STD without having sex. In the case of sharp objects, if one of the users is positive for HIV or hepatitis A, B, or C, there is a risk of breaking the skin and mixing blood, leading to the spread of the disease. It is very unlikely for an STD to spread by sharing a razor, unlike sharing needles, which is a high-risk behavior.

  • Blood Transfusion 

If you get a blood transfusion from blood that has HIV, your chances of contracting HIV as well are extremely high. However, significant improvements have been made to screen blood donors over the last 30 years. For example, nowadays blood banks test every unit of donated blood for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies. This greatly reduces your chances of contracting HIV through a blood transfusion.

 

How do I confirm that I have STI?

Get tested. Yes in other not to make any wrong affirmation, get yourself diagnosed,

Some STIs can be confirmed with a urine sample. Fluid samples. If you have open genital sores, your doctor may test fluid and samples from the sores to diagnose the type of infection. If you notice any of the symptoms stated above you should visit the nearest health centre.

 

I have always used condoms for sex, can I still have STI? 

Yes you can, here are some of the genital STIs you can get even with the protection of a condom:

  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Pubic lice/crabs
  • Molluscum

 

Do condoms protect against STDs?

Oral or genital STDs you can get whether using a dental dam or condom are:

  • Oral herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Pubic lice/crab (affects the eye lashes)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

 

I have treated an STD before now, am I totally free from STDs?

Most STDs are curable through the use of antibiotics or antiviral medications. However, there are still four incurable STDs:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Even though these infections can’t be cured, they can be managed with treatment and medication.

 

How do people contract STDs?  

According to WHO, over 1 million new cases of STI are reported every day, and over 340 million cases in a year. The dangerous thing about this is that people that has these infections don’t often show symptoms until about many years after they contract the infection. So how exactly do people get this infection?

  • Through vaginal intercourse
  • Oral sex
  • Skin-to-skin contact.
  • Anal sex
  • Genital touch.
  • Pregnant or breast feeding mother to her baby