Medical research has it that roughly one million people catch some type of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) every day. One fact is that STI as the name suggests is transmitted through sex. But can it be trasmotted without sex? Shockimgly, research says yes!
Using tanning beds, sharing razors, waxing down below and even sharing towels are some of the shockingly easy ways you can catch an STI without actually having direct contact or sex with another person.
Here are other ways:
1. Sex without penetration
Even without removing your underwear during that wild smooching and humping session, you can still get pregnant. Yes! And you can also catch a number of STIs too because of the skin-to-skin contact. Diseases like HPV, herpes, syphilis and molloscum contagiosum are some of them.
Although rare, pubic lice (crabs), scabies and herpes can hide in beards. If your beards come in contact with an infected person’s genitals, it could harbour the parasitic infection and pass it on.
An article by Sarah Buchanan on Daily Star reads: “A massive two thirds of the world’s population – more than 3.7billion people – under the age of 50 have oral herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).
“What’s more scary is that the kind in your mouth can actually be spread downstairs.
“If you kiss someone with a cold sore, you become a carrier for the herpes disease, meaning you’re more likely to catch genital herpes through sex”
Below are popular myths about STIs that another article on Daily Star UK addresses:
1. You can use a condom more than once, if you wash it properly – FALSE
Whatever you do, don’t try and rinse out a condom and use it again. Under no circumstances can condoms be used twice so always opt for a fresh rubber when necessary.
2. All STIs are curable – FALSE
It’s not the news you wanted but some sex diseases are for life.
Chlamydia, crabs (pubic lice), scabies, gonorrhea and syphilis are, among others, curable STIs.
But diseases like herpes, HIV, AIDs, HPV, genital warts and hepatitis B, C and D are all sadly incurable.
3. London has the highest STI rate in the whole of the UK – TRUE
London has a soaring rate of sexually transmitted infections.
According to the most recent report by Public Health England (PHE), the capital city bagged the title for the highest rate of STIs – and by a long stretch.
Research showed that there were 13.96 cases of STIs per 1,000 people in the Big Smoke – so one in four were diagnosed with a new STI over the course of the year.
Considering that there’s a staggering 8.6million people living in the city it means that you’re much more likely to catch a disease if you have sex with a Londoner without using protection.
4. You can’t get an STI from oral sex – FALSE
You can get an STI from oral and actually it’s pretty common – especially for gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis.
You can also get chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis A B & C and genital warts through oral sex, although these are less common and carry a lower risk.
To help prevent this, you or your partner can wear a condom (there are some nice flavoured ones around) or for oral sex involving the anus or female genitals you can get dental dams which are a square of very thin plastic you put over the area where your mouth is going.
They also come in a variety of flavours.
5. STIs go away by themselves – FALSE
If you suspect something is going on down below, get tested at a clinic or go and see your doctor because STIs do not just disappear on their own.
Brigitte Bard, founder of Sexual Health Revolution, Last Taboo and CEO of BioSure UK, told Daily Star Online: “If you think you have an STI, the most important thing is to get tested so you can get treated.
“This protects your own health and stops you passing the infection on to anyone else.
“The sooner treatment starts, the better the outcomes.
“You can get tested at any local sexual health clinic, some GP surgeries also offer testing services or alternatively if you can’t get to a clinic there are many self tests available now – but make sure they are CE marked so you know your result is accurate.”
6. You can catch an STI without touching anyone – TRUE
Using tanning beds, sharing razors, waxing down below and even sharing towels are some of theshockingly easy ways you can catch an STI without actually having direct contact or sex with another person.
7. Once you’ve had an STI you can’t get the same one again – FALSE
Catching it once doesn’t mean you become immune from it a second time.
It’s possible to get the same STI more than once and in particular viruses like genital herpes and HIV remain in the body.
Herpes is one of the most common diseases in the world.
A massive two thirds of the world’s population – more than 3.7billion people – under the age of 50 have herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).
The virus, also known as oral herpes, usually causes cold sores around the mouth.
But another 417million people aged between 15 and 49 have the second type (HSV-2) which is best known as genital herpes, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
And 90% who have the infection aren’t aware of it because it isn’t really screened for during general sexual health check-ups.
9. You can get an STI from a toilet seat – FALSE
You can relax next time you head to bathroom because it’s a myth that you can catch an STI from a toilet seat.
Diseases are passed on through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, skin-to-skin contact and sharing sex toys.
It’s also possible that they are spread through sharing clothes, towels, razors or bedding.
10. The majority of STIs have no symptoms – TRUE
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognised as an STI.
A spokesperson said: “A person can have an STI without having obvious symptoms of disease.
“Common symptoms of STIs include vaginal discharge, urethral discharge or burning in men, genital ulcers and abdominal pain.”