[Question #5588] Sexually Transmitted Diseases

22 months ago
Dear Dr Handsfield,

I recently  came across the following  enquiry and answer in a forum :-

Q. How many day that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) bacteria and viruses survive in outside the  
      human body in objects like in underwear, floor, bathing towel, razor, toilet water etc and what if you touch
     those objects mentioned above AND kept your hand in penis, anus or eyes etc do you get infected with
     sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

A. We do not see sexually transmitted infections (STI) passing the way you describe. The bacteria and viruses
      that cause sexually transmitted infections (STI) do not survive for long when they are out of the body.

      We also find that you need to either coming in contact with sexual fluids while having sex or direct  skin
     to skin contact with the person's genital.

     Health Nurse.

  Hi doctor I will appreciate your view whether you are agreeable with the answer given by the health nurse.

  Thank You.


H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
This question essentially replicates the kinds of concerns expressed in your previous two threads. As discussed there, they call them sexually transmitted diseases because sex is required for transmission! In any case, the statement you quote is entirely accurate. The only point of clarification is that although skin to skin contact is the way some STDs are transmitted (primarily HPV, HSV, and syphilis), that doesn't mean that ANY skin to skin contact can transmit them. All three must be massaged into the exposed tissues for infection to take hold. That's why initial lesions of herpes, syphilis, and genital warts usually appear at sites of maximum friction during sex. This is part of the reason that environmental contamination never transmits STDs.

HHH, MD
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22 months ago
Dear Dr Handsfield,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

I wish to close the topic of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are only transmitted by sexual acts thus to be safe and not infected by chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis the best method is to abstain from sex.

Do you agree ?

Regards
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
Yes, I agree. It is true that sexual abstinence is the surest way to avoid STDs. But I never recommend sexual abstinence as a llifetyle. Sex is too imporatnt to be avoided because of STD risk--
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22 months ago
Hi Doctor Handsfield,

Thanks for your reply.

However people have the fear that he or she may contract sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea from exposure but if it does not involve sexual acts there is No risk of getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Is the above statement correct  ?

Regards
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
22 months ago
Yes, correct.

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