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This may be a stupid queston but I was wondering, if u never had sex, could u still have an STD? if so, which ones?
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Well, STDs are diseases, and diseases can be passed down from your parents genetically. So, yes, its possible to have STDs and a virgin. I don't know which ones though, except for the obvious like AIDS/HIV.
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Herpes (or cold sores) are another common STD that is often transmitted without sexual contact. You can even get it from sharing glasses, or kissing. And since herpes can be passed on sexually through unprotected oral sex, it's important to be careful, and use condoms - even if you've never been with someone sexually before.

Bear in mind too, that virginity is subjective and there are people who believe virginity to mean 'not having had intercourse', so it's possible someone has been sexually active, but still a virgin to their own mind. Since quite a few STD/STIs like gonorrhea can be transmitted, it's yet another reason that safer sex + testing is key.

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Actually, I'm pretty sure that the STI herpes can only be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact so sharing a glass would not give you herpes because the herpes virus cannot live if it is not on skin. However, kissing someone who has herpes can transmit it. You can ever get herpes if someone has it on their lips and they touch their lips and then touch your hand and you touch your lips with the same hand! But it has to be skin-to-skin. Herpes can also be transmitted from a mother to child during childbirth, also through skin to skin contact.

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Actually, kind of.

Items which someone infected with Herpes has used which would have had very recent and very direct contact with active sores and remain moist to hold the virus -- like drinking glasses or toothbrushes shared immediately after contact -- can transmit the virus, though that is thought to occur far less often than via direct contact. It's very easily transmissible, which is why so very many people have it.

So, while skin-to-skin is a far more likely scenario, and how herpes is usually transmitted, it isn't required for transmission.

[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 12-01-2005).]

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