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wanderlusting
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I've been monogamous with my boyfriend for over a year now. We are each other's first sexual partners of any sort. A short while ago, I found out some information that leads me to ask about the risk of contracting STIs from animals. I'm wondering if it's possible for a person who has had intercourse with an animal to contract an STI from the animal and pass it on to a human partner if condoms haven't been used. I'm particularly concerned about HIV in this instance, though I am aware that it is human immunodeficency virus. I'm just curious as to the possibility, taking into account the origin of AIDS and SIV. I understand the implications of this post, and the other questions that will arise, but I'd prefer to stick to the topic of disease transmission rather than discuss my partner's past sexual decisions, if at all possible. Thank you so much for your attention!
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Heather
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Generally, the STIs we talk about are those transmitted person-to-person. However, a range of different infections and diseases can be transmitted from animal to person.

So, setting going into detail aside -- I see no need to have to -- someone who has had sexual contact with animals should consider they (or the animal) may have been at risk of infections, and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider before they figure they don't have any infections they might transmit to someone else.

Mind, animals or no animals, the only way to know we have no transmissible infections is to have that evaluated by a healthcare provider, so we'd always advise people get sexual health screenings, including tests for infections, before having sex without safer sex, regardless.

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Thank you, that's what I figured. However, is it possible for HIV to transfer from animal to person? Or is it a strictly humanly transmissible disease?
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Also, would normal STI tests, say at a Planned Parenthood, cover other infections that could have been transferred? Or would special accommodations have to be made, including mention of the animals? Again, though, I'm more curious about the transmissibility of HIV from animal to human, as I won't be able to have the tests done for a month or so. Thank you again.
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Heather
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That's one I don't have the answer to.

However, we're not going to be tested for things we don't ask to be tested for, generally, so PP wouldn't be testing (and probably doesn't have the capacity) to test for the wide range of human/animal infections and diseases possible. Rather, I'd suspect the person who had the actual animal exposure would need to ask for a more general blood panel to test for animal diseases.

With HIV, as I understand it that is possible (though it also stands to mention that a domestic animal wouldn't likely have HIV or their version of it without notice unless they didn't get regular veterinary care).

But ultimately, I'm afraid these are questions rather outside my ken, since what I work with and know about are humans and sexual health issues between them.

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