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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Can you get a std from your vaginal area touching a possibly dirty comforter/cover. We had sex in a hotel not sure how clean covers were.

Can you get a std from your vaginal area touching a possibly dirty comforter/cover. We had sex in a hotel not sure how clean covers were.

Unlikely: Most of the germs we consider a cause of STI's will not live for any extended period outside of moist environment provided by the body. Some STD germs could end up on such surfaces, but once they dry out they die. ...Read more

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I have been tested for chlamydia. I get those results back in a few days. My question is. Can you get this std from the penis only touching the top?

I have been tested for chlamydia. I get those results back in a few days. My question is. Can you get this std from the penis only touching the top?

Probably not: I don't know what you mean by "touching the top". If your penis was not inside another person's vagina or rectum, it is very unlikely you have chlamydia. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD (including HIV and HPV) from wearing used underwear?

Can you get an STD (including HIV and HPV) from wearing used underwear?

STD transmission: If the used underwear has been washed, your risk or acquiring an STD would be extremely low. If unwashed and recently used, you would have a chance of getting HPV, HSV, and possibly others, if the other party had symptoms at time that they were wearing them. HIV would be very difficult to get in this manner though. ...Read more

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Does it happen that people get stis or STDs sexually transmitted dieases from touching stuff?

Does it happen that people get stis or STDs sexually transmitted dieases from touching stuff?

Unlikely: Sexually transmitted disease, means the disease is transmitted through sex, although, theorically if you touch an active lesion from someone with herpes and then you touch your genital, there is a possibility to acquire the virus this way but I doubt anyone ever been infected this way. ...Read more

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If STDs are sexually transmitted how can you get them by touching blood that's out in the open, ?

If STDs are sexually transmitted how can you get them by touching blood that's out in the open, ?

Termanology: The category of "sexually transmitted disease" is just a group of problems that can pass sexually. The germs involved are not limited to that mode of transmission. Hepatitis B can transmit sexually or through a tainted needle, or contact with blood of an infected person. The same goes for AIDS, syphilis and many other diseases. Some are less likely to pass through non sexual means. ...Read more

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Can u get an STD if your parent does not have it or has never had it and if you use protection (condom all the time during sex)?

Can u get an STD if your parent does not have it or has never had it and if you use protection (condom all the time during sex)?

? Parent?: What would your parent have to do with it? Do you mean partner? Condoms reduce but do not prevent all transfer of potentially infected fluids and do not protect skin not covered by the condom. They are a good basic form of protection, but not 100% protective. ...Read more

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Can I get an std from licking my bf's penis? I only did it once because I was nervous (and he didn't have a condom on too).

Can I get an std from licking my bf's penis? I only did it once because I was nervous (and he didn't have a condom on too).

Yes: If he carries STD's like gonorrhea and others licking his genitals exposes you to those germs. The likelihood of transfer is increased with duration of exposure and amount of germs present. The exposure you describe seems unlikely to pass an infection but there is always risk with sexual contact. ...Read more

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Could someone get hiv, hepatitis (a/b/c), or any other STD through their hands by touching an inanimate object?

Could someone get hiv, hepatitis (a/b/c), or any other STD through their hands by touching an inanimate object?

HAV possibly: It's the only one transmitted by fecal-oral transmission. all others require contact with blood or infected body fluids. ...Read more

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Can my son get HIV or other STDs from touching something in a public restroom (not toilet) and then putting his fingers in his mouth for a second

Can my son get HIV or other STDs from touching something in a public restroom (not toilet) and then putting his fingers in his mouth for a second

Not possible: HIV does not survive on toilet seats or other surfaces for long period. If you still insist or have concerns please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you get an std?

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. ...Read more

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Can you get an std randomly?

Can you get an std randomly?

It needs to: Be transmitted from an infected source. Usually through sexual contact, as the name implies. It does not arise spontaneously. To get infected, you have to have exposure to the pathogen in a setting that facilitates transmission.. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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