Can You Get an STD Even if Neither Partner Has One?

STDs don’t appear out of thin air. Though STDs are very common, there are only a few ways that most STDs can spread. In other words, the only way to get an STD is from someone else. STDs don’t manifest in the human body naturally. So if you’re in a relationship, can you get an STD even if neither partner has one? The short answer is no: you can’t get an STD from having sex with someone who doesn’t have one. The long answer is a bit more complicated. We’ll explain here: 

How Are STDs Spread?

As mentioned above, there are only a few ways that STDs spread. In almost all instances, STDs are transmitted through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. (This includes sexual contact.) In addition, some STDs –– like herpes –– can spread through skin-to-skin contact, like kissing or genital rubbing. Also, some STDs can spread through the transference of blood. Therefore, individuals who share needles are at risk for contracting hepatitis B or HIV. Lastly, STDs can spread from a mother to their child during birth. 

I Have an STD. Did My Partner Cheat on Me? 

Noticing the signs and symptoms of common STDs is bad in any situation. Noticing them when you’re in a committed relationship is even worse. Yet, it’s worth noting that just because your partner gave you an STD, it doesn’t necessarily mean they cheated on you. It’s possible they contracted an STD before your relationship started and unknowingly spread it to you later. In fact, STDs can remain asymptomatic for weeks or even months at a time. And a huge number of people who have STDs don’t even know it. The only way to know for sure that you’re STD-free is to get tested on a regular basis.

My Partner Cheated on Me. Do I Need to Get Tested? 

On the other hand, if you know that either you or your partner has been unfaithful, then it’s key for both of you to get tested for all STDs. It only takes one encounter to contract/transmit an STD. Even if STDs remain asymptomatic or symptoms disappear over time, it does not mean that you’re no longer at risk. Just the opposite, really. Over time, STDs can cause a variety of dangerous conditions like PID, infertility, nerve damage, and, in some instances, death. Plus, contracting one STD could make you more likely to get other STDs later. That’s why it’s crucial to get tested and treated for STDs as soon as possible. 

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

At Same Day STD Testing, we understand the concerns that many people share regarding STDs and STD testing. We’ve tailored our service to eliminate the fear, stress, and confusion surrounding the process. When you get tested with Same Day, you’ll receive comprehensive and confidential testing the very same day you make an appointment. If you’re concerned about your sexual well-being, then contact one of our team members at 844-394-8520. Or, click here to find a facility near you.

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