What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of someone having an STI, of course it had to be through sex. I mean considering that the S in STD stands for sexually and it has to do with penetration or near penetration. Well, there are other ways to get an STD without sexual contact. There are some STDs that can spread as wild as fire without sex. For instance, chlamydia, hepatitis and herpes among others can be gotten through the exchange of saliva, sharing contaminated food/cutleries, using unclean towels and conducting oral.
This may sound surprising, even though sex may be the most popular way STDs are spread. There are also other ways one can contact an STD without having sex. I will be sharing some of the ways below for your reading knowledge.
1. Kissing
Thinking of all the persons you have kissed. Well, the exchange of saliva with an infected person can help with the transmission of STIs as fast as having sex. Herpes can be gotten through kissing. Syphilis may also be transmitted through kissing, but for this to be transmitted there may be an outbreak of sores in the mouth by the infected person. Mononucleosis (Mono) is also a common kissing disease that normally comes to mind in event of a kissing infection.
2. Going oral
It’s kind of funny that most people do not consider oral sex to not be normal sex because it doesn’t involve penetration. But, what is ‘normal sex’. Well, back to the main deal, STIs can be contacted through oral sex if the penis, vagina or anus are infected becau.se the mucous membranes of the genitals are like a door which provides an entry point to the body and can accommodate bacteria and viruses. Chlamydia in rare cases can cause a throat infection during oral sex, Herpes simplex virus(HSV) 1 and 2, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and syphilis can be gotten through unprotected oral sex.
3. Toilet seats
While having a great affinity for toilet infections maybe you should add trichomoniasis to the list. Trichomoniasis can be transmitted from a wet toilet seat. Although, studies have shown that people who use latrines instead of a WC have a higher risk of contracting this infection. And it is as a result of the close proximity to the urine or feces of people infected with trichomoniasis and not because of the spread of the infection. Trichomoniasis can also be contracted from public pools, bath tubs and hot tubs.
4. Sex toys
In using a sex toy, it is safe to remember to apply personal hygiene in its use. If you had sex with a man who has refused to clean his penis till the next time you see, will you have the urge to have sex with that information in mind? Failing to clean your sex toys after sex can lead to the spread of STIs such as trichomomiasis, Hepatitis B and HPV. Sharing of your sex toy can lead to transmission or reinfection of an already treated infection. Why share a sex toy?
5. Food
Hepatitis A is the predominant infection shared in this manner. It is carried in feces, so when transmitted via food, it is as a result of the food produce not being washed properly or negligence from an infected person who has failed to wash their hands during food preparation. Hepatitis A can also be carried in untreated water.
6. Sharing of bed sheets and towels
You may not likely contact STIs such as Herpes, Syphilis and so on by sharing bed sheets and towels so you can heave a sigh of relief. But, news flash, Trichomoniasis may be lurking in the shadows with lice and bacterial vaginosis. Although bacterial vaginosis is not caused by shared bedding or towels but using wet towels can lead to the bacterial imbalances that trigger that infection. And prolonged exposure to contaminated clothing can lead to the spread of HPV.
7. Sharing of Razors and Needles
This is perhaps the most common way of contracting an infection. Sharing blades or sharp objects with an infected person can put you at risk of getting an infection. STIs like HIV and hepatitis A, B and C can be transmitted this way. sharing needles is a very risky way of getting blood borne diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis A, B or C
8. Any form of contact without clothing
When considering foreplay or masturbation or any kind of sexual activity that requires the coming together of genitals of two different persons, there is a risk pf spreading STIs. And such risk goes up if ejaculation or vaginal lubrication takes place. the most common STIs spread like this is Herpes and HPV because as they produce outbreaks on the skin they may come in contact with each each others genitals.

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