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I thought I knew about STD’s…

By Anonymous November 6, 2009 - 3:37am
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Im 19 years old,still a virgin, and I thought I knew all there is to know about STd’s and how you could contract them but now im not so sure.what I need to understand is, can I contract these deseases even when neither one of us(me and my boyfriend) have it???...especially when we are only doing genitile-to-genitile (rubbing)??

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No, if you and your boyfriend are both virgins and have never had an STDs, you will not contract one. It's always better to be on the safe side and use protective if/when you decide to have intercourse. Overall, you're safe.

November 10, 2009 - 2:39pm
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This is a common misconception, that if both partners are virgins, then they are safe from having an STD/STI (sexually transmitted disease/sexually transmitted infection).

Actually, it is irrelevant if one or both people are virgins, as there are many STDs/STIs that are spread with just genital-to-genital contact (no penetration or ejaculation), as was the original question. Among some of the sexually-transmittable diseases and infections that are transmitted from skin-to-skin include HPV, Herpes, and pubic lice.

If both people are 100% sure they do not have an STD/STI, then it is not possible to transmit an STD/STI to another person.

November 10, 2009 - 3:16pm

Dear Anon,

Thank you for your question. The answer is No, you cannot contract an STD if neither you or your boyfriend are infected. However, in order to be 100% sure that you are free of an STD, both of you need to get tested for all forms of STD's. The reason why I say this is because many STD's are symptomless and many people go undiagnosed.

Please visit our STD's page for more information: http://www.empowher.com/condition/sexually-transmitted-diseases

Please keep in mind that, aside from abstinence, the best way to prevent STD's and pregnancy is to include the use of a condom in your sexual activities.

Good Luck!

November 6, 2009 - 6:26am
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