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kefarni
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I realize you can be born with herpes, but can you inherit other STDs without being sexually active? Are there other ways of acquring an STD/STI?
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TheCagedOne
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It is possible to be infected without ever being sexually active. HIV can be transmitted to infants through childbirth. Herpes can be transmitted through a completely platonic kiss, say from a relative. Still other STI/STD's can be transmitted through transfusions, although that's less of a problem these days. Long story short, no one can be 100% positive they are clean without having themselves tested.
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