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Can you contract an STI from your partner if you have both never had sex before?

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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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By definition , stds need the "s" part: sex.
However, there are std type infections that can be passed without sex. A cold sore in the lip is a type of herpes virus. If genital kissing occurs with a cold sore that may transmit hsv to the genitals. Also, skin warts are caused by another virus (hpv) that can be passed to the genitals by touching if the warts are on the hand or other body parts.

In brief: Kind of

By definition , stds need the "s" part: sex.
However, there are std type infections that can be passed without sex. A cold sore in the lip is a type of herpes virus. If genital kissing occurs with a cold sore that may transmit hsv to the genitals. Also, skin warts are caused by another virus (hpv) that can be passed to the genitals by touching if the warts are on the hand or other body parts.
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