4 STDs You Can Get Without Having Sex

African American couple on date feeding each otherBelieve it or not, contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) can be as simple as shaking hands. That’s right, some infections can be transmitted in ways other than sexual contact. So how does one get an STD without having sex? Here’s the scoop…

1. HPV

Although HPV has become a buzzword of sorts over the last decade, a lot of people still don’t understand that you don’t have to be sexually active to catch it.

In fact, the human papillomavirus – which is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, mother to baby by pregnancy, labor, or nursing, and sex (of course) – comes in a variety of strains. HPV can cause genital warts and other precancerous lesions, reports the Mayo Clinic.

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To make matters worse, warts don’t have to be present for you to catch it since the virus can spread even if there isn’t an outbreak. Although there is no cure for the infection, a doctor can prescribe medication to get rid of the warts or use various techniques, like freezing or cutting them off. However, the disease may still sit dormant in your system and recur over time.

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