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short&sweet
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From: Seattle, WA, USA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 04-02-2003 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for short&sweet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
can two virgins that have protected sex still contract STD's? Thanks

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From: mad(e) in Germany
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posted 04-02-2003 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alaska     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have protected sex, no matter whether it is your first of 546th time, using condoms for oral sex on males, anal and vaginal intercourse, dams for oral sex on females and gloves for manual sex, you are doing the best you can to lower your risk of STD/STI transmission and contraction.

"Virginity", which is mainly a cultural definition, has nothing to do with STDs and does not mean something has no STDs. STDs are not created through sexual activity: they are diseases and infections that can be transmitted and contracted sexually, but that don't have to be transmitted or contracted this way.

Many STDs can be transmitted in non-sexual ways, i.e. HIV from mother to child in Breastfeeding, Pubic Lice through sharing clothing or bedding with a person who has them, Trichomoniasis from sharing towels, etc., so "being a virgin" is no protection from -maybe unknowingly- having an STD. Furthermore, virginity has different meanings for different people. Some include people who have had oral sex into the "virgin" category - however, oral sex has an STD risk, too.

Keep up (planning on) using the condoms and practicing Safer Sex. However, call up a local sexual health clinic and make an appointment for a full STD screen for both partners involved. It's a good habit to get regular STD screens, twice a year for example, even if you are always having protected sex. Please be aware that one clean screen does not mean someone has no STDs - Some STDs have long incubation periods, and it hence takes 2 clear screens, 6 months apart, to be reasonably sure one does not have any STDs.

For more info, check out the following articles:

Testing, Testing…
Safe, Sound & Sexy – A Safer Sex How-To
Magical Cups & Bloody Brides
A Quickie STD/STI Risk Assessment

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