STD Crash Course

Can you get a STD from Kissing?

Generally speaking, kissing is one sexual act that rarely spreads STDs, however herpes can definitely spread through kissing and if either person has open sores or cuts in their mouth or bleeding gums from brushing or flossing teeth,  some STDs such as HIV can be transmitted. Yikes! I bet you didn’t know that.

Does oral sex spread STDs?

Well, to be frank, it can. Some STDs can be passed from mouth or throat to genitals or genitals to mouth or throat. Gonorrhea is one example. Also, performing oral sex when one has open sores or cuts on either the mouth or genitals provides an easier way for viruses and bacteria to enter the body. Germs that cause STDs can be transmitted through semen, blood, vaginal secretions and sometimes saliva.

Can I get a STD from a toilet seat?

Yes! The organisms that cause hepatitis B can be obtained by sharing a toothbrush or razor, while trichomoniasis can be spread through sharing a damp towel, wet clothing or toilet seat.

What can I do to prevent a STD?

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid a STD is to not have sex. OK, I know that sounds drastic, but it is true. If you wait until you get married to a person who has been cleared of STDs you are also safe. Any other option you choose puts you at risk. Condoms can help reduce the risk of some STDs but not all and they are not 100% full proof. Hey, you can even get a STD from skin contact alone. You don’t even have to have any form of sex. Additionally, some STDs don’t even have symptoms so make sure you get tested and your partner gets tested.