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Houston, TX
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can you catch any std's from toilet or any diease.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Be wise in restrooms: It is unlikely to catch anything in a restroom except for diarrheal diseases, and perhaps contagious flu-like illnesses, because poop gets onto surfaces throughout restrooms, and flu-like illnesses are also transmissible via surfaces such as door handles. Act wisely in restrooms.

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Quincy, IL
A 20-year-old female asked:

Can you catch an std from urine on a toilet seat touching you?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No, ancient myth: Throughout modern medical history, once it was known that STDs are infections transmitted from partners, there have been rumors and stories about infections caught from toilet seats, shared clothing or towels, and so on. It's an urban myth and always was, used by patients (and in past years, some doctors) to explain away some infections in people who seemed to be at low risk. It never happens.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Which type of STD viruses can people catch from the toilet.

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Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Herpes: Herpes is the only one that has been show to survive on surfaces for any extended period of time but the risk is small unless you have an open sore or cut.

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