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"Wanted to know if a person can get STD if he had sex with only one partner and partner didn't had sex with anyone else other than him"

- Anonymous


Thank you for your question. We get variations on this question all the time—things along the lines of “if I’ve only had sex with one person, and the person I had sex with was a virgin before we had sex, am I at risk for an STD?” This is an excellent opportunity to address your question and hopefully clear a few things up for a number of people.


The most important thing for people to know is that they are at risk for an STD if they are sexually active. Period. 


A lot of people try to determine their relative safety by attempting to figure out the number of sexual partners that their sexual partners have had. That is a dangerous game. Nobody knows how many people their sexual partners have slept with. You may be in a loving, committed relationship and absolutely trust the information that you receive from your partner, but that is not a stable foundation to trust your health to. 


The fact of the matter is, people lie about how many sexual partners they have had. People you love and trust lie about this as well. Do not fall into a trap of thinking something like “that might be true about other people, but my boyfriend/girlfriend would always tell me the truth. I can tell when he/she is lying.” You don’t know. Even if you are sure that you know, you don’t. 


Trying to apply the logic further down the chain of sexual partners by using thoughts like “well, she only had sex with two other people, but those two people were virgins when they had sex with her, so she must be safe” is faulty. Everybody alive has only had sex with somebody that was once a virgin. Think about that.


Sexually transmitted diseases abound. In fact, reversing a trend that existed for decades, STDs are even on the rise in developed countries—notably the United States. If you are sexually active or have ever been sexually active, it is possible that you have an STD. 


You can reduce the risk of contracting STDs by being smart and being safe, but, in some cases, even condoms are not enough to be sure that you have not contracted an STD. If you have never been tested for STDs and you have had any form of sexual contact, you should get yourself tested for STDs as quickly as possible.


If you have never been tested for STDs before, you should get a comprehensive ten-test panel. If you have been tested in the past and have a pretty good understanding of the risks you have taken, you may only want to get tested for a specific STD, like chlamydia or herpes type two.


To reiterate, the bottom line is, if you are sexually active, you absolutely in an at-risk category for being a carrier of these diseases. Getting yourself tested often is the only way to know for sure whether or not your are healthy and whether or not you need any form of treatment.

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