CAN ONE CONTRACT AN STD/STI WITHOUT ENGAGING IN SEX??
The answer to the above question is YES and also NO. It all depends on the type of sex and the type of STI.
If one is considering infections like herpes, trichomoniasis, hepatitis B and C, HIV, and a slew of other infections (but not gonorrhoea or chlamydia), then you will agree with me that there are nonsexual ways through which one can contract the infections, right? For example, herpes and hepatitis can be gotten from kissing while trichomoniasis can be gotten from sharing of contaminated towels or when one uses a contaminated toilet. This type of transmission is what is known as "NONSEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF STI". Sex doesn't have to happen for the infection to be contracted. .
Regarding the type of sex: well, most people
still think they haven't had sex until they the penis enters inside the vagina. But the fact that sex is not penetrative doesn't mean it is not sex enough. There are several "non-penetrative sexual activities" that can transmit STls e.g dry humping, oral sex, anal sex, fingering, etc. Dry humping, for example, can transmit an STI if the genitalia of the couple make direct contact or the man's diseased semen gets too close to the vulva or entrance of the vagina and vice versa. In fact, some virgins have gotten pregnant from dry humping! The fact is, any act that allows the coming together of the bodily fluids of the couple can lead to STI spread (if one of them is infected) even if sex is not penetrative. I call this type of sexual activities "PSEUDO SEX".
So depending on the angle you look at it, STls/ STDs can happen even without penetrative sex.
By the way, there could also be woman to woman transmission of STI. It doesn't always have to be from the opposite sex.
#Public health coach, sex consultant, marriage counselor, women's health coach