Sexual Activities That Put You At Risk for STDs

Risk of STDsThink you may have contracted or transmitted a sexually transmitted disease or infection? Worried about the ‘awesome’ weekend you just had and what you did over the course of too many beverages or while finally getting some alone time with the hottie you met in aisle 5 at the grocery store?

Here are the things you could be at risk of contracting or transmitting depending on the activities you engaged in.

Based on any one instance of the following, you may have been at risk for transmitting (giving to someone else) or contracting (getting it yourself) the following STDs/STIs:

STDs you could contract/transmit during vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or vaginal intercourse with a condom that has also been used for anal intercourse:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV/Vaginitis)
  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Gonorrhea (‘The Clap’)
  • Hepatitis (A, B & C)
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV, Warts)
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mononucleosis (‘Mono’)
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium
  • Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)
  • Pubic Lice
  • Scabies
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

STDs you could contract/transmit during oral sex (‘blow job’, ‘giving head’, ‘going down’, ‘rimming’):

  • Chlamydia
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV, Warts)
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mononucleosis (‘Mono’)
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium
  • Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)
  • Pubic Lice
  • Syphilis

STDs you could contract/transmit during manual sex (‘hand job’ or ‘fingering’):

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV/Vaginitis)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV, Warts)
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mononucleosis (‘Mono’)
  • Pubic Lice
  • Scabies
  • Syphilis

STDs you could contract/transmit during kissing (‘making out’ or ‘French-kissing’ – when no open cuts inside/outside the mouth or sores are present):

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Mononucleosis (‘Mono’)

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Are you surprised by some of the activities and infections included in this list? Did you know you were at risk? Did this post change your opinion about what you’re comfortable doing or using protection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Comments

  1. Tiffany says

    This article shows that there is really no safe sex. Its scary to think that you think you are protecting yourself but you are still at risk for so many things even if you use condoms.

    • Jenelle Marie says

      Hi Tiffany -

      That is correct, because all partnered sexual activities contain some level of risk! There is only safe-r sex.

      Thanks for your comment!