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Although schools across the United States offer sex education, many young adults still struggle with STDs due to misinformation. The CDC estimates that almost 50% of new U.S. STD cases in 2018 affected young people between 15 and 24 years old.
One of the most common questions about STDs that certainly impacts statistics like this is, “Can you get an STD if you’re both a virgin?” The convenient answer to this question is no—but although it may seem intuitive, “no” does not accurately represent the risks of getting a sexually transmitted disease. Keep reading to learn why that is.
The real short answer to the question of whether you can get an STD if you’re both virgins is yes—and a few reasons explain this.
People define virginity in different ways. Most people use the word “virgin” to describe someone who has never had sexual intercourse, which means penile penetration of the vagina under heteronormative perceptions of sex. This definition complicates the question of virginity and STDs because a person may have contracted an infection through other types of sexual activity even without penetrative intercourse.
Secondly, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) spread in a wide variety of ways, depending on the type of disease and the part of the body they impact. With dozens of STDs out there, sexual intercourse is not the only method of transmission. For example, some STDs transmit through oral sex. You can also spread yeast infections.
We don’t mean that these infections appear out of nowhere. If you and your partner are both STD-free, you have no risk of spreading a nonexistent disease. However, just because you’re both virgins doesn’t automatically mean you have had no previous sexual contact or are STD-free.
If you suspect you have an STD, get a rapid STD test from a Rapid STD Testing lab near you.
A particularly widespread misconception claims people can catch STDs from others by sitting on a toilet seat. Fortunately, this is not a realistic concern because STD-causing bacteria and viruses cannot survive long on hard surfaces. Visit this link to learn more about the unlikelihood of catching STDs from toilet seats.
Answering the question, “Can I get an STD from a virgin?” depends on how you define virginity and the type of sexual contact. As we noted above, someone who defines themselves as a virgin may have had previous sexual contact even without traditional penis-to-vagina intercourse.
Let’s look at some of the ways you can contact an STD without having vaginal intercourse:
Although kissing presents a low risk, you can contract an STD through lip-to-lip contact and sharing saliva. The first one that comes to mind for most people is herpes, which the infected person can pass on through kissing when they have a cold sore (herpes type 1). Kissing after oral sex may also pass herpes from one partner to another.
Other STDs that may transmit through kissing include:
Sexual partners can pass on STDs through skin-to-skin contact or between the mouth and the genital area. A partner may transmit oral herpes to their partner’s genitals through oral sex.
The transmission also works in the other direction, making it possible for people with genital infections like chlamydia to infect their partner’s mouth and throat. Other STDs that may transmit through oral sex include gonorrhea and syphilis.
Oral transmission presents a high risk of reinfecting the original host and worsening existing STDs.
STDs don’t just transmit via body parts; sex toys and other objects (including fingers) can also pass these viruses, infections, and parasites from person to person. This happens most commonly if the sex toy was used by more than one partner without cleaning.
STDs that can transmit through shared objects include:
The microorganisms that cause STDs like HPV, syphilis, and herpes live in sores, warts, and body fluids like ejaculate or vaginal discharge, so they can transmit through genital-to-genital contact. These diseases do not always present observable sores or bumps, but the infected person may still pass it on.
The tissues in and around the anus are just as susceptible to infection as the vagina and penis. Anal sex may present an even greater risk of infection than vaginal sex because anal tissue tends to tear more easily. Any STD that can pass through vaginal sex and other sexual activities can transmit through anal intercourse, including herpes, syphilis, hepatitis, and the rest.
Are you curious about other ways you can contract STDs without sexual intercourse? Visit this article to learn whether it is possible to get an STD without having sex from the Rapid STD Testing team.
Although you are able to contract an STD through many types of sexual contact, you can take steps to stay protected. Remember the following to keep yourself safe from STDs during sexual contact:
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Now that you know that the answer to the question, “Can you get an STD if you’re both a virgin?” is yes, consider getting tested.
At Rapid STD Testing, we offer STD tests across the U.S. and the District of Columbia. Visit a lab for same-day STD testing, and get fast results via a secure phone call. One of our care counselors will provide your results and explain available treatments. Call us at (866) 872-1888.