Although the “S” in STI or STD stands for sexually, there are actually several ways you can contract an sexual infections without getting horizontal in the sheets. In 2016, one statistic stated that although there was a decrease of 4% in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This may be because fewer tests were being carried out, rather than fewer STIs being transmitted. Overall, 160,000 fewer chlamydia tests were carried out in 2016, compared to 2015 – a fall of 5%. So what does this mean? It means we need to empower our own protection in every way possible. The first step?
LET’S START WITH EDUCATION
By educating ourselves, we will become informed on which precautions and protections are best for our bodies. Although sexual intercourse is perhaps the most common way to contract an STD, there are still a few other ways in which you can contract one. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the most common ways people can contract an STD/STI – without having sex.
PLAYING KISSY FACE
Although kissing can be sweet and innocent – it’s not quite as innocent as you think. Because you are swapping saliva as you pucker up, you can still catch an STD. Mononucleosis (mono) is probably the most common, but there’s also a high probability of catching oral herpes – the virus that causes cold sores.
People have different opinions on whether oral sex is real sex – but you can definitely catch real diseases this way. Secretions, sores or broken skin that are exposed during oral sex can easily transmit STDs or STIs if the vagina, penis or anus are infected. One of the most common STDs that can spread this way is the herpes simplex virus 2. On occasion, you can be at risk for chlamydia. Chlamydia, in rare cases, can infect your throat during oral sex.
This is a scary one – but it is possible to get Hepatitis A (HAV) from contaminated food. If someone has HAV and is prepping your meal, they need to wash their hands before dealing with food.
GETTING CLOSE WITHOUT CLOTHES
Skin-to-skin contact may seem harmless, but it’s all herpes or HPV need to become your lifelong travel companion. Unfortunately, all those waxing treatments and bare-down-there trends makes transmission easier because the waxing breaks in the skin. Your risk of contracting this infection will depend on the condition of the skin or level of infection.
Much like the skin-to-skin contact mentioned above, indirect contact is a less likely way to get an STD without having sex. Let me introduce you to “Trich.” Trichomoniasis (otherwise known as Trich) is an STI caused by a parasitic bacterium known as trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis can be spread by hand-to-genital contact or even hitch a ride to your genitals on an unwashed sex toy. This infection causes itching and inflammation down there. Luckily, this disease is a very common and easy to cure.
This STI infects the vagina and urinary tract during sexual activity, so it can affect the urethra, cervix, and vulva of women. It can also affect the urethra or under the foreskin of uncircumcised men. Avoid contracting Trich by using traditional condoms or LUWI.
LUWI is a condom replacement that is worn on the inside, like a second skin, lining the vaginal or anal canal. LUWI is chemical-free, latex-free, hormone-free and allows for greater heat sensation during intercourse.
SHARING CLOTHES, SHEETS, TOWEL, ETC ITEMS
You aren’t likely to find viral infections present in your towels or sheets, but there could be other infections in the fibers. The single-celled protozoan parasite called trichomonas vaginalis causes trichomoniasis (see above for further description). This parasite loves damp fabrics. It’s also possible to pick up things like crabs or pubic lice.
One of the most surprising places that you are able to contract an STD without having sex, is the tanning salon. Molluscum contagiosum is a bumpy genital infection that can spread by skin-to-skin contact or from a shared contaminated surface. If the lumps are scratched or injured, the infection can spread to the surrounding skin.
Although it is more common in children, molluscum contagiosum can also affect adults, particularly those with weakened immune systems. In adults with a normal immune system, molluscum contagiosum that affects the genitals is considered an STI.
If you get a blood transfusion from blood that has HIV, your chances of contracting HIV are extremely high. However, over the last 25 years. significant improvements have been made to screen blood donors.
Additionally, you cannot contract HIV from donating blood. If the blood donation center uses and then safely disposes of needles, it’s impossible to get HIV.
Here’s the bottom line – according to the World Health Organization more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide.
If you are worried about contracting an STD or STI, consider protecting yourself with LUWI. LUWI is a condom replacement that is ultra-thin, latex-free, chemical-free pleasurable protector. You can insert LUWI up to 8 hours before sexual intercourse ensuring any potential moment-killers don’t arise.
The goal of this article was to empower and educate you about other ways you can catch an STD/STI. We hope you continue to educate and protect yourself through whatever means possible! LUWI will continuing to publish content that provides sexually related educational tools. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for continual updates!