there are several ways someone who has "never had sex" can have an STI.
some STIs are not spread only by sex, but by intimate contact. these include HPV and herpes. oral herpes, in fact, is generally spread by adults to children when they kiss them. crabs and scabies are both often found among children and in close-living situations.
in additon, things like yeast infections can be spread sexually, but frequently occur without any sexual contact.
in general, its a good thing to get tested before having any sexual contact with anyone *and* to use barriers for all sexual activity.
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If both partners were absolutely clean of everything, then yes of course everything would be safe, but even the most accurate STI tests aren't completely fool-proof, some things just aren't going to show up, and the Pill can fail, so, since condoms are so cheap, readily available, and easy to use, why not use them too? A birth control method only has to fail once, or an unknown about pathogen slip by just the once, and you could have a major problem on your hands. Besides, peace of mind makes for better sex.
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Also, it's possible to get things like yeast or bacterial infections (like bacterial vaginosis) just because your body goes out of whack, and those can be transmitted to a partner via sex.
So, if I get a yeast infection because I'm taking antibiotics, for example (a common side effect), and I have unprotected sex with one of my partners, I could give him the yeast infection. If he doesn't notice and get treated, he could give it back to me. El yucko for both of us!
However, if we were using condoms while having sex, we'd cut down our chances of transmitting the infection. (Although why I'd want to have sex during a yeast infection is beyond me, cause those things are darned uncomfortable!)
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