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can you get an std from sharing a towel

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No risk, no worries: They call certain infections sexually transmitted for a reason: you don't get them without sex. STDs are not just infections that involve the ge ... Read More

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Nope, no worries: They call them "sexually transmitted" for a reason: they are passed from person to person only by sex. It's possible to have oral infec ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Luckily, it is not spread that easily.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Stds are not spread by that small of amount of saliva on an inanimate object like a cigarette. They are spread by infectedbody secretions but saliva ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: To contract an std requires direct intimate contact.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes : Herpes is not easy to catch. It has to be skin to skin or fluid to skin carrying the virus. It is not transmitted by towels, toilet seats etc. Hope ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
22 years experience in Gynecology
Less likely: HPV is typically transmitted with skin to skin contact
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Louie
18 years experience in Urology
Unlikely: Herpes can occur on any skin service, but unlikely. Also, washing hands would help.
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Dr. Michael Swor
39 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: It would be very unlikely to get an std from sharing a towel, although some bacteria and viruses can live on objects for at least a short time.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Not likely: Vaginitis comes from intrusive events in the vagina - such as a penis, retained urine, toilet tissue, mucous, menstrual discharge, foreign body. Sitt ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly not usually: You could get herpes from kissing or chalymydia or gonorrhea in the mouth or rarely HIV if yoiur partner was HIV + and you had a open cut or sore, so ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
That depends...: ...On what you do in the shower. You won't get one from showering alone.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience in Pediatrics
NO: No, this is not a problem. Stds are not shown to spread off of fomites (or inanimate objects like a toilet seat).
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: Absolutely not.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: That is not a problem
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
No: Dog herpes does not like you and will not infect you.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
Doubtful: There should bo no reason to get an std from a razor. The rare instance would be if shaving the pubic region in an area with open herpes sores getting ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Its possible: If the other person has a cold sore you could pick up the virus on your mouth or lips.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Technically no!: If you are talking about a vaginal yeast infection, no.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
It could be: possible to transmit herpes or Chancroid from the tissue or fluids.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: If you had unprotected sex with that person you can get it. Also, if you performed unprotected oral sex on a male partner with it you can get a gonoc ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Greenberg
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Herpetic Whitlow (Herpes on the fingers) is contagious and can be transmitted directly. If you have reason to believe that you have been infected you ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: There wold have to be a break in your skin on your foot with contact with a condom that contained viable hiv. Stepping on a condom really isn't a fo ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
STDs: It depends. Some viral illnesses take a few months. Chlamydia or gonorrhea a few days and and others take a few weeks to be testable. Do you gave symp ... Read More
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