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Can you get a std if you have never had sex?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Depends: What is your understanding of sex? Oral sex is still sex. Using toys can still transmit std. Anal sex is also considered sex, not performing any type of sex is highly unlikely to be related to std transmission.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

I was wondering how i could have an STD if i've never had sex?

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Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 25 years experience
Non-Genital STDs: Your main risks for std transmission without intercourse or performing/receiving oral/anal sex is from kissing. Herpes type i, mononucleosis or cytomegalovirus are most common. CMV is not a concern for healthy individuals and mono usually causes a prolonged, fatigued illness. Herpes, as they say, is forever. Talk with your doctor about your test results. False positives do occur.
A 32-year-old member asked:

If I'd never had sex before, could it be an STD/STI?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Almost certainly not: Almost certainly not -- but it depends on what you mean by "never had sex". STDs are almost entirely transmitted by direct genital-genital, genital-anal, or genital-oral contact. If these have never happened, almost certainly you have no STD. However, there are rare exceptions, such as potential rare transmission by hand-genital contact. A baby born to an infected mom can catch certain STDs.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it impossible to have an STD if youve never had sex?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Possible but nlikely: While it is possible to transfer an std via non-genital contact, it is not likely.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the possible ways you could have obtained an STD when you have never had sex before?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No STD w/o contact: You must have some sort of sexual contact to pass an std from one person to another. This does not only mean vaginal intercourse though. Some STDs are passed by transmitting fluid from one to another. Others are passed by skin to skin contact. Penile, vaginal, anal, oral or even touching the genitals is required to pass an std.

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