Does Kissing and touching spread STD?
May 10, 2003
I went to several sex workers during the past two months and I just touch them, kissed them on the mouth and head area and neck, and just suck their breasts.( but do not notice any blood or sores)
My quetion is, may I contact STD?
My testicles are a bit itchy nowadays, no sores however a little red due to scracthing maybe? ( Is it because I do not wash them properly-- may be it is because of the body soap that is still unwashed that makes it itchy? Howevere I washed my testicles throughly lately, but still itch now.?
Thanks Doctor for your time and answer.
Response from Mr. Kull
It is possible, but unlikely. The most likely way to transmit a sexually transmitted infection is through genital contact. Unless your genitals came into direct contact with your partner's genital area or mouth, you should not be worrying about STIs.
A basic model for STI transmission describes transmission in two different ways: either through contact with FLUID (like semen or vaginal secretions) or direct skin-to-skin CONTACT. Here's the breakdown:
STIs spread by FLUIDS:
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV, Urinary Tract Infections/ Nongonnococcal Urethritis, Hepatitis B (HBV), (Hepatitis is also found in saliva, so kissing is a risk), Syphilis Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Trichomoniasis (Trich)
STIs spread by CONTACT (skin-to-skin):
HPV/Genital Warts, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molluscum Contagiosum, Chancroid, Syphilis, Crabs/Pubic Lice, Scabies
If you have questions about symptoms you are experiencing, see a doctor. You could have something as simple as jock itch, which can be resolved with appropriate treatment, so see a doctor and stop scratching.
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