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Is it possible to contract an STD without having sex ?

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Question - (29 June 2006) 3 Answers - (Newest, 29 June 2006)
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Can you get a STD without having Sex?

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A female reader, DrPsych United Kingdom +, writes (29 June 2006):

DrPsych agony auntIt is entirely possible to have acquired an 'STD' without full penetrative sex - HPV is contracted by skin to skin contact, and cold sores from herpes simplex (which isn't always sexually transmitted) can be contracted by mere kissing when someone has an active break out! Of course there is HIV and hepatitus that can be transmitted sexually, and through lots of non-sexual ways too. There lots of STD's are not exclusively sexual.

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A female reader, eyeswideopen United States +, writes (29 June 2006):

eyeswideopen agony auntAs far as I know, crabs is not considered to be a STD per say, unlike these others:





Vaginal infections

Genital Herpes

Genital Warts (HPV)

Hepatitis B


Most often you need to have had sex penetration or oral sex to get most of these but some only need genital contact. If you are concerned that you may have contracted one of the above, you had better get to the doctor for testing and/or treatment. It's scary stuff out there, be careful and truly know your partner.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 June 2006):

Yes it is possible,it can be picked up in any unsanitary enviroment especially public restrooms.But it would be best if you got yourself tested to put your mind at rest.In case you need a example of an STD that has been picked up without having sex is Crabs.

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