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Can you get an STD from using a public restroom?

Can you get an STD from using a public restroom?

STD: It is very unlikely. To my knowledge there have been no known cases of someone contracting an STD from a public restroom. ...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 an STD from using a gym shower?

Can you get an STD from using a gym shower?

That depends...: ...On what you do in the shower. You won't get one from showering alone. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD or STI from public bathrooms ?

Can you get an STD or STI from public bathrooms ?

Highly unlikely: My invariable response to this question or similar ones is that it is a strange place in which to be having sex. Anything is 'possible', but likely is another issue. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD from using public bathrooms, showers or a bed in hotel?

Can you get an STD from using public bathrooms, showers or a bed in hotel?

Only by sex!: They're called "sexually transmitted" for good reason. STDs are not simply infections that involve the genitals. The bacteria and viruses that cause them evolved so that they cannot be transmitted by contacts like this -- only by the intimate contact of sex. (If they were so easy to transmit, they would be common without sex and not called STDs!) Don't worry at all about such things. ...Read more

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Can you get an STI or an STD from having sex outside or in public toilets?

Not from the toilet: If any other healthtap member has any information about the hypothetical transmission of infections from toilet seats, i'd be grateful for the opportunity to hear about this. This has been discussed probably for centuries; i had a case where it was alleged gonorrhea was transmitted this way but i could find no support in the literature. ...Read more

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Can i get aids from using a public restroom?

Can i get aids from using a public restroom?

No.: You cannot become infected with HIV by using the public restroom. ...Read more

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I am wondering can you get a STD or a sexual transmitted disease by going to the restroom or to the bathroom?

I am wondering can you get a STD or a sexual transmitted disease by going to the restroom or to the bathroom?

STDs: Every time a patient has told me that they acquired a sexually transmitted disease from a toilet seat, my response has been "that is a strange place to be having sex." the answer is no, although nothing is 100%. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD by cleaning a toilet seat with someone eldest urine on it?

Can you get an STD by cleaning a toilet seat with someone eldest urine on it?

STD: That would very unlikely. The std would likely need to make contact with a mucosal membrane (like mouth or genitalia) on you or go directly in through a break in your skin (depending on what it is ). In other words the type of contact you have would not be conducive to this. However, there can be lots of germs in general on toilets- so hope you clean toilets with gloves. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv/aids or any type of STDs or germs from using a public toilet should you sit or squat ?

Can you get hiv/aids or any type of STDs or germs from using a public toilet should you sit or squat ?

No, don't worry: In past decades, there were claims -- sometimes supported by medical professionals -- of STDs from public toilets or other non-sexual exposures. Asymptomatic or longstanding infections weren't recognized, so it seemed logical when an STD appeared in an apparently monogamous relationship. But the bottom line (no pun intended!) is that this never happens. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can I catch an STD from the toilet?

Can I catch an STD from the toilet?

No: STDs are harder to transmit than this. There is no known risk. In my nearly 40 years in the STD business, I have never seen a patient with STD who had not had sex. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD from a toilet seat? Say if your "private area" accidentally touches the seat?

No: The only way that could happen was if you had open, broken skin. Luckily our skin is a great barrier to these types of infections. The skin touching seat is your leg, not vagina. If you had open sores on the back of your leg then you might wznt to use protective barrier. ...Read more

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Can you get any type of STD from toliet water splashing up on your genitals when using a public restroom?

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Can you get any type of STD from toliet water splashing up on your genitals when using a public restroom?

Here's some...: Clinically, it's unlikely to contract STD although hidden risk always exists. But we cannot live in a risk-free environ. In reality, just have to keep ourselves healthy so we can defend ourselves better by practicing quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession. In other words, do whatever within our control now and don't waste time to worry about what is beyond our control. ...Read more

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

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

No, ancient myth: Throughout modern medical history, when it was learned 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. ...Read more

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Can you get vaginitis from sharing a toilet?

Can you get vaginitis from sharing a toilet?

Not likely: Vaginitis comes from intrusive events in the vagina - such as a penis, retained urine, toilet tissue, mucous, menstrual discharge, foreign body. Sitting on a toilet does not expose the inside of your vagina to infection. ...Read more

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

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