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Can you get an STD from people that are clean?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: "Clean"

You cannot tell by looking at someone's genitals if they have an std or not.
Many stds, such as chlamydia and hiv, remain asymptomatic. For this reason, you should never assume someone is "clean" unless they have a recent negative std panel from their doctor. Always use barrier contraception, such as condoms, if you are unsure.

In brief: "Clean"

You cannot tell by looking at someone's genitals if they have an std or not.
Many stds, such as chlamydia and hiv, remain asymptomatic. For this reason, you should never assume someone is "clean" unless they have a recent negative std panel from their doctor. Always use barrier contraception, such as condoms, if you are unsure.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Need definition?

Clean is an undefined term. If in an old vernacular you mean someone who is without std's, then if you don't have one, you can't catch one.
But, how does one know who does or does not unless there is instant testing of the person just prior to sexual activity. All of this to say that everyone should practice safe sex and consider that any exposure is suspect unless in a long term monomagous rel.

In brief: Need definition?

Clean is an undefined term. If in an old vernacular you mean someone who is without std's, then if you don't have one, you can't catch one.
But, how does one know who does or does not unless there is instant testing of the person just prior to sexual activity. All of this to say that everyone should practice safe sex and consider that any exposure is suspect unless in a long term monomagous rel.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Anyone can get stds.
Stds are passed between people by body fluids during sexual activity. Using condoms can prevent the spread of stds.

In brief: YES

Anyone can get stds.
Stds are passed between people by body fluids during sexual activity. Using condoms can prevent the spread of stds.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Cleanliness has nothing to do with having or getting an std.
Many times stds can be contagious, even though the infected person has no symptoms. Unless your partner has symptoms associated with stds, you are educated well enough to recognize the symptoms (even some physicians can miss the symptoms), and take the time to look for the symptoms; you cannot tell an infected person from anyone else.

In brief: Yes

Cleanliness has nothing to do with having or getting an std.
Many times stds can be contagious, even though the infected person has no symptoms. Unless your partner has symptoms associated with stds, you are educated well enough to recognize the symptoms (even some physicians can miss the symptoms), and take the time to look for the symptoms; you cannot tell an infected person from anyone else.
Dr. James Eitner
Dr. James Eitner
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