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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you get an std?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sexually transmitted: A sexually transmitted disease is spread by having sex. They key thing for people to remember is that sex, may include oral to genital, anal to genital, genital to genital contact or even hand to genital contact. All of those types of contact can spread stds. Contact with infected skin or secretions can spread the disease.
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 35 years experience
Unprotected Sex: Std stand for sexually transmitted disease so any exchange of body fluids during sex can cause transmission. The only surefire way to avoid getting an std, is to avoid sex with anyone who is carrying a transmissible disease.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Through sex: Direct contact with an infected lesion or infected fluid of a person who has a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.. This is achieved usually by close contact during sexual activity.
Dr. Larry Eastburn
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Intimate contact: A STD, sexually transmitted disease, is a multitude of diseases that are primarily spread through sexual contact of some form. This can come from vaginal, anal, oral or any blood contact. There has been transmission from IV use as well as blood transfusions. You don't get them from a door knob or toilet seat. All of the STD's need to be treated to prevent their spread. Prevention is the best bet.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

When after sex can you get an std?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Evans II
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
You get it during.: Different stds have different incubation periods before testing accurate. It ranges from one week for gonorrhea, trichomonas and chlamydia to 6 months for hiv. That is why you must be very careful whom you take as a sex partner. Syphilis and hepatitis take about 6 weeks to detect. Discuss the specifics with your doctor or county health department.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do you get tested for std?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Depends on the STD: Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed either with urine tests (for urethral or cervical infections) or from swabs taken from the vagina, rectum, or throat. The swabs can be sent for culture, dna probes, or nucleic acid amplification tests (naats). Those are the "big 3, " but there are other stds.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get an STD with a condom?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, far less likely than without, but yes. Condoms are not 100% effective and there still is a small risk you could be infected even with condom useage.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you get an oral STD ?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Oral sex: Herpes can be transmitted by both men and women performing oral sex. Recipients of oral penetration by the penis with ejaculate hitting the back of the throat can transmit gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV at the very least. Be careful and stay healthy.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Ejaculation is not a factor in transmission;contact is.Dr Raff did not mention HPV,now the leading cause of Oral cancers in men.
May 2, 2012
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Provided original answer
Excellent point about HPV.
May 3, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you get an STD if both of you are virgins?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
No : By definition, STDs are sexually transmitted diseases. By definition, virgins have not had sex yet. Assuming neither virgin got an std from rape or from birth, then neither virgin has any std to pass to the other virgin.

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