The Immaculate Infection
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be contracted through various means, and it’s crucial to recognize that not all cases are a result of infidelity. STIs can be transmitted through sexual contact, but they can also be contracted via alternative routes. Below are some ways in which someone can acquire an STI even in a faithful relationship:
Previous Infection: It’s possible for one or both partners to have contracted an STI in the past, sometimes without being aware of it. Certain STIs can remain latent for an extended period without displaying symptoms.
Unprotected Sex: Engaging in sexual activities without the use of protective measures, such as condoms or dental dams, can heighten the risk of STI transmission, irrespective of whether both partners have been faithful. Employing these protective barriers can significantly reduce the risk of infection.
Asymptomatic Carriers: Some individuals can harbor and transmit STIs without manifesting any symptoms themselves. Consequently, even if both partners believe they are in good health, one of them might unknowingly pass on an infection.
Non-Sexual Transmission: Certain STIs can be transmitted through non-sexual means, such as sharing needles (for either recreational drug use or medical purposes) or from a mother to her child during childbirth or breastfeeding.
Public Restrooms or Contaminated Surfaces: While rare, it is theoretically possible to contract specific STIs from contaminated surfaces in public settings. However, this is not a common mode of transmission.
To minimize the risk of contracting or transmitting STIs, it’s essential to practice safe sex by utilizing protective methods like condoms and undergo regular STI testing if you are sexually active. Maintaining open and honest communication with your partner(s) regarding your sexual health is crucial for a safe and healthy sexual relationship.
For convenient and discreet STI testing, we strongly recommend using the online clinic services provided by Stigma Health. Getting tested through Stigma Health ensures that you have easy access to the testing you need to maintain good sexual health. If you suspect an STI, seeking prompt medical advice and testing is vital. It’s important to understand that acquiring an STI does not necessarily imply infidelity, as there are various avenues through which infections can be transmitted.
Embarking on a new relationship is an exhilarating journey, but it also presents an ideal opportunity to prioritise your health and well-being. We strongly recommend that, as part of responsible and informed relationship management, both partners consider undergoing STI testing before engaging in unprotected sexual activities. This proactive measure not only signifies trust and open communication but also ensures the safety and peace of mind of both individuals. It’s a responsible choice that can assist in averting the transmission of STIs and contribute to a healthier, more informed relationship. Keep in mind that regular STI testing should be an integral part of maintaining good sexual health, and discussing this with your partner can lead to a safer and more trusting relationship.
Author: James Sneddon
James is co-founder of Hyphen Health group including Stigma Health, and is on a personal mission to make sexual health sexy and de-stigmatise sexually transmitted infections.