Worldwide there is an STD epidemic. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands are falling victim to transmission every year. Sadly, there are some who cling to ludicrous rumors, believing that they can contract an STD from a public toilet seat, and therefore fail to protect themselves. In these cases, it is simply a lack of protection that leads to a lack of prevention. That said, however, there are also some STDs that are transmittable outside of intercourse—anal, oral, or vaginal.
Notwithstanding the abundant preventative measures that can be taken, there remains no reason for anyone to be paranoid. Modern medicine is at its finest in over 100 years. Even so, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to an STD, visit your doctor and find protect yourself from further contracting an STD.
Sans-Sex Transmittable STDs
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)—The lack of symptoms most teenagers experience after acquiring HPV makes it easy to spread. Means of transmission include sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact from one person to another. Some mothers can pass it on to a baby during pregnancy, while in labor, or while nursing. Through dermal (skin) contact, anyone can contract HPV in the form of genital warts. Thankfully though, the virus and warts are treatable through various techniques. Moreover, the virus will likely go away on its own in one to two years. Best of all, there is a vaccine available to young men and women to prevent infection.
- Molluscum Contagiosum—A common yet unknown skin infection. Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include round firm bumps. These bumps usually do not hurt and often disappear on their own. This infection too is transmittable through skin-to-skin contact. But a physician can offer medication and some treatment options.
- Trichomoniasis—A common STD fairly unknown to the general public. In addition to unprotected sex, things like a vibrator, dirty bath towel, or other such objects can spread the infection. Usually, Trichomoniasis includes irritation and a foul-smelling penile or vaginal discharge.
- Herpes Simplex Virus I—Herpes can be contracted by any contact to an infected area. Therefore, even if you are using a condom, any contact with an outbreak, even a razor, can spread the infection. Although there are medications to control any outbreaks, there is no cure. So, the best way to protect yourself is to be careful when it comes to personal hygiene. In the sexual realm, limit your number of partners and always use protection.
If your fear you may have contracted any of these STDs or any other infection, talk to a doctor and get tested.