A: If you decide to be sexually active, particularly if you have multiple sex partners, you must take steps to protect yourself. It may be a little awkward or embarrassing, but it’s certainly not as bad as being infected with herpes, gonorrhea or syphilis. Q: Can STDs be transmitted through casual contact? Most STDs cannot be spread from person to person through contact with toilet seats, swimming pools, hot tubs, shared clothing, door knobs, eating utensils, etc. In men, sores occur mainly on the external genitals, the anus, or in the rectum. You cannot get syphilis through casual contact with objects such as toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils. You could also be infected with syphilis and have very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. How You Can Get It: Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Symptoms: You can be infected with HIV and have no symptoms; AIDS takes an average of 7-9 years to develop once HIV enters the body. Once you contract herpes, you have it for life, along with the estimated 40 million people who also have it. Because Trichomonia can survive on objects such as sheets, towels, and clothing, it can potentially be transmitted by sharing these.
Sometimes, small red spots on underwear appear from bleeding bites. If you contract gonorrhea in the throat, it can present itself with a sore throat. If you are pregnant and have a history of genital herpes, it’s important to share this with your doctor. Sores mainly occur on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or rectum. A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass the infection through the placenta and infect her baby any time during pregnancy or delivery (congenital syphilis). Syphilis cannot be spread through casual contact with toilet seats, door knobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils. Can You Get Herpes From a Toilet Seat? You may never have heard of these STDs, but they’re still a health threat. LGV is often mistaken for other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis or genital herpes, but it’s not known how widespread it is in the United States (it’s uncommon in unindustrialized countries, but there have been outbreaks in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe). You also can get it from touching towels or clothing from someone who has it or by taking a bath with someone who is infected.
How can you tell if you have a sexually transmitted disease? Crabs are easily passed on during sex, but can also be passed on through sharing clothes, towels or bedding with someone who has them. For the record: You cannot get chlamydia from toilet seats or by sharing towels. These tests are easy to take; a vaginal swab or urine test will be enough. The main symptoms are a heavy discharge from your penis or vagina which may leave stains in your underwear. The secretions, sores, and broken skin that are common to genital herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), are all very likely to spread disease during oral sex. Crabs, or pubic lice, are creatures that can also stick around in your bedding or clothing.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
HOW IT’S CONTRACTED: You can get chancroid sores or spread them through skin-to-skin contact with open sores, from hands that have touched a sore, or from sex toys such as a vibrator or dildo that have touched a sore. TESTING: Chancroid lesions can look like syphilis or genital herpes, so a doctor needs to analyze the discharge from the sores to get an accurate diagnosis. Your sexual partner(s) must be treated as well, and all clothing or bedding that may be infested must be washed in very hot water or dry-cleaned. To prevent it, use a condom every time you have sex; find out the sexual history of any new partners, including their HIV status; and don’t share needles if you do intravenous drugs. HSV-1 is the most frequent cause of oral herpes, and HSV-2 is the most frequent cause of genital herpes. Transmission of the virus via routes like sharing bed linen, clothing, towels, toilet seats, eating utensils, shared cups/glasses, and in public spas is less likely. Can you get any diseases from kissing? Women can transmit just about any STD to one another. When it is done without clothing, risk is increased for the transmission of human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, syphilis, and pubic lice. Manual contact with a partner’s vagina and external genitalia can transmit trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, and herpes if cervical or vaginal secretions are shared. I’m worried about getting herpes from kissing, and then transfering it to my own genitals, and I’m worried about sleeping on the same sheets / sharing underwear, that sort of thing. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, herpes, and syphilis are just a few of these. It is not recommended to share underwear with other people in general, as again, this can lead to the transfer of crabs, and lice to name a few. For more information about sexually transmitted diseases and things that put you at a high risk for obtaining them from others, as well as for obtaining the appropriate testing if you believe you have an STD, please talk to your primary care doctor. Some STDs, such as syphilis and genital herpes, can be characterized by genital ulcers or sores. About one-half of people with chancroid also have painful, swollen lymph nodes in the groin, usually on one side; the enlarged glands may fuse into a large mass called a bubo. The mites are easily transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or by sharing towels, bedding, and clothing. Research and scientific studies have proven that if you have another STD, your chances of both transmitting and being infected with HIV is increased. Genital ulcers (which can be caused by STDs such as syphilis or herpes) can cause breaks in the genital tract lining or skin. It is also important to note that syphilis CANNOT be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.
STD Fact Sheets
If you have a vaginal infection, douching can push infection-causing bacteria up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Change out of wet clothing and swimsuits right away. Fact: Much of genital herpes is the result of oral sex. You can catch them from intimate behavior OR from sharing linens, towels or underwear with an infected person. This is why you should wear underwear when you are trying on swimsuits in stores! They will draw your blood for HIV, syphilis, herpes and hepatitis. You can get an STI from having unprotected sex, sharing needles and coming in contact with a person who is infected. GENITAL HERPES: A viral infection that caused by group of viruses called human papillomavarius (HPV). The bacteria that caused syphilis can be passed from one person to another through direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse (oral, vaginal, or anal). You can also pick them up by using the bed linen, clothes, or towels of an infected person. There are two types of herpes virus that cause genital herpes: HSV-1 and HSV-2. You can get gonorrhea during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who has it. It’s also possible to get it from things like towels, sheets, and clothes.
Yes, you can get an STI from oral sex because fluids (seminal and vaginal) are exchanged and direct skin-to-skin contact occurs. STIs that can be transmitted through oral sex include herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and HPV.