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Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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How many days should I wait after possible exposure to get tested for most common stds?

How many days should I wait after possible exposure to get tested for most common stds?

STD screening: Screening guidelines for stds recommend that sexually active men and women should be offered routine screening for hiv. Serologic testing for hepatitis b should also be done. Women with a history of unprotected sex/multiple partners should be screened yearly for gc and chlamydia. Men for chlamydia. The window period for detection of HIV antibodies is 6 wks-6 mos. After exposure.

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Can you get an STD from sharing a bath towel that hasn't been used in a week?

Can you get an STD from sharing a bath towel that hasn't been used in a week?

No risk, no worries: They call them sexually transmitted for a reason: you don't get them without sex. STDs are not just infections that involve the genitals; the bacteria and virues that cause them evolved to require sex for tranmission. They are not transmitted by towels, toilets, etc. Don't worry about it.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Can I get an std from sharing drinks with someone who had blood in their mouth or has given oral sex?

Can I get an std from sharing drinks with someone who had blood in their mouth or has given oral sex?

Here are some...: People contract infection at exposing to causative bacteria if the natural barrier - skin &/ or mucosa is broken. Active bleeding indicated such breaking and oral sex may induce invisible micro-injury, leading to contracting infection, but not necessarily developing disease depending personal humoral immunity. Exampes: HPW, chlamydia, etc. More? Ask doc timely.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Swor Dr. Swor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
36 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Can you get STD by sharing a towel?

Can you get STD by sharing a towel?

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.

Dr. Victor Nwanguma Dr. Nwanguma
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
16 years in practice
University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Can I get an STD by sharing a cigarette?

Can I get an STD by sharing a cigarette?

NO: Generally speaking, no. But if the person you share cigarette has cold blisters on his/her lips or anywhere in the mouth, (herpes infection (type1), you can get herpes from the person.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to get stds from sharing a drink with a person who had given oral sex in the past?

Is it possible to get stds from sharing a drink with a person who had given oral sex in the past?

No: STD's are transmitted from one warm, moist place directly to another warm moist place anatomically.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can you get stds from sharing soaps?

Can you get stds from sharing soaps?

No, but...: No is the real-life answer. That's because although there's a finite theoretical risk everywhere on Earth... we in real-life don't worry about catching sexually transmitted diseases from soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc. To be safest in public bathrooms, one can rinse off after touching soap dispensers or faucet handles, dry hands with a paper towel, grab the door handle with the towel.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can I get STDs from sharing fries with hands with someone who has STDs?

Can I get STDs from sharing fries with hands with someone who has STDs?

No, but...: No is the real-life answer. That's because although there's a finite theoretical risk everywhere on Earth... we in real-life don't worry about catching sexually transmitted diseases from French fries, hash browns, baked potatoes, or other similar foods. It's actually good to share fries because one order of fries is usually too much (too much unhealthy food) for a single person to eat at one time.

Dr. Kermit Brunelle Dr. Brunelle
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Is it possible to get a STD from sharing a bathing suit when either 2 girls have any stds?

Is it possible to get a STD from sharing a bathing suit when either 2 girls have any stds?

Ick!!: If you wash the garment appropriately you should not worry about acquiring anything. But just the thought of lice, wart virus, scabies, worms to name a few really turns the old ick factor way up.

Dr. James Eitner Dr. Eitner
Family Medicine
30 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Could I have STD from sharing lipstick?

Could I have STD from sharing lipstick?

Herpes simplex: There is a possibility of passing the herpes virus (Herpes simplex, aka cold sores, fever blisters...) via sharing of cosmetics (lipstick, lip balm, etc.).

Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Can herpes or any other STD spread by sharing a pipe? I smoked a bowl of weed with a kid and found out after he had herpes. Should I be concerned?

Can herpes or any other STD spread by sharing a pipe? I smoked a bowl of weed with a kid and found out after he had herpes. Should I be concerned?

Swapping saliva?: Any activity that can involve the exchange of saliva can potentially spread an std. Conditions have to be "right, " though. For example, the one person would have to have a lesion which is shedding the herpes virus, and the other person would have to have a portal of entry for the virus. I'm guessing your risk here is low, but couldn't say with certainty. Good luck.

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Dr. Claudette Anderson Dr. Anderson
Gynecology
years in practice
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Could I have STDs from sharing underwear?

Could I have STDs from sharing underwear?

No: Most sexually transmitted infections require intimate contact with the other individuals, that means there has to be skin touching skin.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can STDs be transmitted through sharing underwear?

Can STDs be transmitted through sharing underwear?

No: Stds are passed by having sex whether its oral, vaginal or anal sex. They are not passed by clothing or casual contact. Why are you wearing someone's underwear though?

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can STDs be spread from sharing eating utensils with people while eating?

Seems unlikely: I've suggested that gonorrhea (like other diseases) might be transmitted from an adult to a child in a hot tub -- gonorrhea and chlamydia can infect the eye in an unhalogenated swimming pool -- and it seems remotely possible that gonorrhea might travel on a fork. It would be hard to prove that this was all that happened, and nobody's going to conduct a formal experiment. Wonder why you ask.

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can herpes or any STDs spread by sharing a pipe? Smoked a bowl of weed with some kid then found out he had herpes. Should I be nervous?

Can herpes or any STDs spread by sharing a pipe? Smoked a bowl of weed with some kid then found out he had herpes. Should I be nervous?

Depends: Depends on whether, to some extent, it is herpesvirus I or 2. Genital herpes and oral herpes are generally different strains of the virus, although there is a little bit of overlap. If he has genital herpes and you shared a pipe, the odds are pretty low that you could acquire the same virus. If he has oral herpes, however, it is pretty catchy. There are meds, talk to your doc. Other std unlikely.

Dr. Denise Elser Dr. Elser
Gynecology
years in practice
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How do you catch a STD from sharing clothes?

How do you catch a STD from sharing clothes?

Difficult: Pubic lice can be spread by clothing or bedding. O/w unless you put on underwear or bathing suit when it is moist right after someone with infection wore it, then close to impossible.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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My roommate might have an Std. Is it possible to contract it from sharing the bathroom (toilet, shower) and also sharing drink bottles?

My roommate might have an Std. Is it possible to contract it from sharing the bathroom (toilet, shower) and also sharing drink bottles?

STD: STD means sexually transmitted disease. Depends on what you are doing in shower with he or she. Need more details.

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