Can you have an STD if you haven’t had sex?

It’s good to know that when it comes to STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or STIs (sexually transmitted infections), there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (semen and vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Mother to Child (breast milk and vaginal birth)

STI transmission is possible when your sexual fluids or blood come into contact with an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood, or if you have sexual skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.  So whether or not someone can be exposed to an STD/STI if they’ve not had sex depends on what their definition of the word sex is.

For some people, sex only includes penile/vaginal contact. But if someone is having oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex or any genital to genital contact they can be exposed to an STI. Using barrier methods (like condoms or dental dams) can help reduce someone’s risk of contracting an STI by stopping blood, sexual fluid, or skin contact.

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