Yes, You Can Get a Sexually Transmitted Infection Without Having Sex!

STIs without sex

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 million new cases of reportable sexually transmitted infections occur each year in the U.S., almost half of them among young people between 15 and 24 years old. Reportable STIs include HIV, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and syphilis.

The fact that these diseases are transmitted via sex doesn’t mean it’s the only way you can get them. And just because you can’t get HIV through things like mosquito bites and kissing, doesn’t mean there aren’t other STIs you can.  Here are 12 ways you can get an STI without having sex.

 

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1. Mosquito bites. Zika — the mosquito-borne disease that impacts fetal brain development — has been shown to be sexually transmitted (making it the only known vector disease that can be transmitted sexually and via mosquitos). It's capable of great damage to fetuses, infants, and pregnant women but scientsts discovered it's also killing brain cells in otherwise healthy adults.  So slather on that insect repellant — and make sure your partner does too!

 

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