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Member # 96404
posted 08-01-2012 06:57 AM
i was wondering if both partners performing any type of sex (expecially oral and hand jobs) have been tested and do NOT have any STDs or STIs, could there still be a risk of catching one anyways?
Member # 79774
posted 08-01-2012 09:52 AM
The short - and incomplete - answer to your question is no, if neither partner has an STI then there is no risk of catching one from sex with that person, because STIs don't just appear from nowhere, they're caught from a person who has it.
There are a few points to fill out. Firstly, there are a few infections that affect the genital area, particularly for people with vaginas, that aren't classed as STIs because they can develop in the body and without being caught from anywhere else. Those infections include yeast infections and bacterial infections; they may be passed to a partner, or passed to a partner without symptoms and then reinfect the original partner. They aren't usually anything to worry about, can and often do affect people who have no sexual contact, and can usually be cleared up easily with a visit to the doctor like for any other kind of infection. The second point is about testing. When we get tested, it's important to make sure we're getting tested for everything that our health provider will test for, and that we know exactly what things we've been tested for. Some health providers won't test for certain things - like perhaps HPV (genital warts) or HSV (herpes) because they don't consider the tests for these accurate enough. On that note, another point is that even if we have been tested for those things, the tests are not guaranteed accurate. A final point about testing is that some STIs don't show up on tests if the person being tested has only just caught them. For that reason, the best standard for safer sex is for both partners to be tested and get negative results, be monogamous with each other and use barriers for six months, and then test again. Using barriers is always a good option to make sex safer, and that includes for activities like oral and manual sex, too. This article might be helpful to you: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/sexuality/safe_sound_sexy_a_safer_sex_how_to Is there a particular concern you're thinking of? If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Member # 96404
posted 08-01-2012 12:56 PM
thanks! the answer and the article were very helpful and i even showed it to my boyfriend who was wondering the same thing. thanks!