If you have never done anything sexual at all with another person, and that means absolutely nothing, no contact, no fluid exchange, no blood exchange etc, is it safe to assume that you have no STI's/diseases?
Or do you still have to undergo those numerous screenings and tests to be safe. If this is the case, then STI's can apparently be contracted or caught by non-sexual means...
Time for my favorite example (again): So let's say your grandma has oral herpes. And let's say that she is developing a sore, but she gives you a nice, grandmotherly kiss. Ta-da, you've got herpes! Now let's say that you preform unprotected oral sex on your partner...ta-da, they've got herpes too!
So yeah, the point is that there are some infections that we characterize as STD/STIs that can be transmitted through various non-sexual means. Now am I saying that you can get HIV from sitting on a toilet seat...heck no! But you can pick up pubic lice from sharing a towel with someone who has them. And you could get herpes from a kiss with a relative who has herpes (or sharing a soda can with someone who has them). And there are some things that can be passed from mother to child during birth. And heck, things like BV can crop up on its own after wiping the wrong way after using the restroom (for a woman, that is).
Does that mean you need to be completely paranoid about contact with others...no. But it does mean that you need to be realistic. Your risk may be significantly lower if you have not had any previous sexual contact, but that does not automatically mean that you are 100% absolutely in the clear. Regular testing is the only way to know what your status is at any given time.
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