Many people engage in foreplay and other sexual acts with the assumption that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can only be transmitted through penetration. If you’re not having vaginal or anal sex, you’re in the clear, right? Wrong.
Although sexual intercourse is a common way to contract or pass an STD, there are lots of other ways that STDs can spread – with no penetrative sex required. Even non-sexual contact can put you at risk.
We’re here to help you take care of your sexual health, and that includes knowing all the ways that STDs are contracted and spread – especially when traditional sex isn’t part of the picture.
Some STDs can spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. For instance, when your genitals or mouth touch their genitals, mouth, or anal area. Examples of skin-to-skin contact include:
Brief skin-to-skin contact sounds harmless enough, but one quick touch or kiss may be all it takes for certain viruses (such as herpes) to become your lifelong companion. Today’s bare-down-there grooming trends make transmission even more likely, since using a razor can easily break open skin, allowing bacteria and viruses to enter your body.
Hygiene also counts. If an infected person touches a sore or infected area and then touches your genitals, mouth, or eyes before washing their hands, you could get an STD.
STDs can also be transmitted or contracted through coming in contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, such as:
How does coming in contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids happen without penetrative sex? Way easier than you think.
For example, many people don’t consider oral sex to be “real” sex, since there’s no penetration involved. But during oral sex, your lips, mouth, and throat come in contact with a number of bodily fluids. Participating in oral sex can easily transmit STDs if your partner’s penis, vagina, or anus are infected.
STDs that are spread through skin-to-skin contact and/or the exchange of bodily fluids include:
While most STD-causing viruses and bacteria don’t live outside the body for long, they can remain on certain objects and surfaces, such as:
STDs that are spread through infected objects and surfaces include:
Even if you’re vigilant about using condoms, you can still contract and spread STDs. Some STDs have no symptoms for months or years – making testing even more crucial. When symptoms are present, they may include:
Whether you’re with a new partner or in a long-term relationship, it’s vitally important to know that you are safe. Untreated STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, organ damage, and other severe health concerns – and you can’t get treated if you don’t get tested.
vybe urgent care offers non-rapid STD testing at all locations. We also offer a rapid STD test at our Center City, PCOM, and University City locations (females only, $280 self-pay only). The rapid test checks for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis and provides results in just 30 minutes.
No sex? That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from STDs.
All vybe centers have licensed medical professionals with a wide range of healthcare knowledge. Walk in or schedule an appointment at your local vybe urgent care today to get same-day STD testing and receive treatment if needed.FIND YOUR VYBE