When young, we are quite rebellious, spontaneous and willing to make some mistakes to learn more about life. You have been taught about the dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. You may not remember everything, but you are sure to remember to use protection since the first time you do anything sexy with someone else. We know unprotected sex is the most common way to get an STD. but it is still possible to contract an STD even if you have never ever had sex. Here are 8 ways you can get an STD without having sex.
Kissing/ Exchanging Saliva
Kissing is sweet and innocent but a tongue wrestling can actually give you the bad sexually transmitted infection. When you swap spit, a few STDs can be passed on. You can get mononucleosis as kissing disease or herpes that causes cold sores.
Many people do not consider oral sex to be real sex because it is not a P into V action. Oral sex can transmit diseases if the penis, vagina or anus involved is infected. The secretions, sores and broken skin that are common to genital herpes are likely to spread the disease during oral sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat due to oral sex and diseases like herpes and HPV cannot be prevented by condoms.
It may seem harmless, but herpes and HPV can become your lifelong viral travel partner. The no-bush down there trend makes transmission even more likely because it can easily cause breaks in the skin. The risk of infection depends on the level of infection and condition of the skin.
Contaminated food can give you Hepatitis A. If someone who is preparing your meal has hepatitis A and did not wash their hands well after using the restroom, you can catch it from your food.
Indirect Touch (Sex toys)
Indirect skin contact is a less likely but possible way to contract an STD without having sex. Trichomonas can be spread by hand-to-genital contact or using the unwashed sex toy.
Sharing sheets, towels, and clothes
The single-celled protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis causes trichomoniasis. The parasite loves damp fabrics and can hang out for almost an hour outside your body waiting for you. Crabs or pubic lice can also stick around to your bedding and clothing.
Sharing razor or anything that cuts or pierces the skin can lead to an STD. If the user of a sharp object has HIV or hepatitis A, B or C increases the risk of breaking the skin and mixing blood leading to spread of disease. Sharing needles too can increase the risk of STDs.
Radiating light at your local tanning salon can make you contract STD. Molluscum contagiosum is a bumpy genital infection can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or sharing contaminated surface.