Most people contract sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through sexual intercourse. STDs and STIs can be passed between sexual partners through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. 

The best way to prevent STDs is by using safe sex practices: 

  • Abstinence unless you’re in a committed relationship
  • Using condoms during every sexual encounter
  • Testing for STDs and STIs frequently–about every 3-6 months or after intercourse with a new partner

But is it possible to contract an STD, even when using these safe sex practices?

Perhaps surprisingly, some STDs can be passed through casual contact. Here are some common ways that you can spread STDs without intercourse.

Sharing Contaminated Fabric

Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasite that causes trich and can live on damp fabric for up to an hour, such as damp towels after a shower. Never share towels after showering!

Pubic lice can also be spread through fabric such as towels, undergarments, and bedding. 

Sharing Contaminated Food

Hepatitis A can be spread through blood or fecal matter. For instance, if someone doesn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom and then prepares food, they can spread Hepatitis A to their guests. Additionally, if an infected person cuts their finger during food preparation and doesn’t take adequate sanitation measures, even the smallest amount of blood could spread the disease.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.