If you are sexually active the odds can be scary. Genital herpes (HSV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the USA. Most people that have herpes never know it. They are silent carriers of the HSV virus. That means they have either no symptoms or a very mild outbreak. On top of that, many people have an initial outbreak and never have one again.
Genital herpes is passed through sexual contact. And yes, kissing counts. The virus is absorbed into the body through the skin and uses the nervous system to travel throughout the body. There is most always an initial outbreak around 5 days to 2 weeks period from initial infection.
An outbreak indicates the virus is currently active in the individual. This also means the individual is contagious. Skin to skin contact with the infected area should be completely avoided.
If you think you may have been exposed to herpes there is an easy and quick way to get tested. In Plano, Texas you can go to Any Lab Test Now. A herpes test costs $49 and you will have results within 24hrs.
First off, if you are worried get an std test today. Life is too short to carry this type of stress and anxiety.
In short, it depends. Grinding with clothes on, no. Sexually transmitted diseases need direct skin-to-skin contact of the affected area in order to be transmitted. Furthermore, if the STD is a virus than the virus within the affected individual would have to be active in order to be contagious.
Let’s examine genital warts (aka HPV) as an example. There are over 25 different strains of HPV. Although pharmaceuticals have created a vaccine it is only covers the most common strains of genital warts. The good news here is that over 90% of genital warts are caused by only 2 strains of genitals warts, and the HPV vaccine covers both these strains. Genital warts is a virus. In order for it to be contagious the carrier must have an active HPV virus in the body at the time of sexual contact. If the virus is inactive, it can not be transmitted effectively. If you recently acquired HPV then more than likely the virus is active in your body. That being said, this does not mean it will remain active your entire life. The switch to make it active or inactive can get switched on or off many times throughout your life. It is directly correlated to your immune system. If you stay healthy the chance of the HPV switch going off and staying off is high. Whereas, if you have an auto-immune disorder then the HPV switch will more than likely turn on and/or stay on. The individuals that I know that acquired genital warts all had an initial outbreak within the first month of acquisition and after the first two years haven’t had another outbreak since (20 years later). That being said, I have one friend that is elderly and near the end of life. His battle with cancer has hurt his immune system and he is having his first outbreak in 60 years.
Herpes (aka HSV) is often very similar. Many people see herpes as a punishment from God that is so shameful that they will never get married out of fear of having to tell their soon-to-be significant other that they carry HPV. I hurt for these people because it is my experience that this is not the case. More often than not, herpes causes an initial outbreak at 2 weeks and then remains dormant the rest of their life. A good friend of mine lost their father to skin cancer and HSV never switched on when his immune system became compromised.
Back to the original question. Clothes on = no way. Skin to skin, but no penetration and we are assuming the other person has an active STD virus? Maybe, the odds have definitely increased. One of the biggest factors is which STD are they carrying and is the infected individual male or female? Females are slightly more susceptible to STDs than men. HIV isn’t transmitted via skin. HIV needs transmission of bodily fluids. That being said, a virus within bodily fluids can (and will) be transmitted through the skin.
Your best bet is to get an STD test after 1-2 weeks post coitus. It will take that long for a virus to multiply to detectible levels in your body. A follow-up needs to be done 6 months and 1 year later. HIV tends to take longer to be detected. If you need a fast, affordable result go to ANY LAB TEST NOW. Their comprehensive STD panel is only $229 and they have a rapid HIV test where results are ready within 15 min. Best of all, you can remain 100% anonymous, just provide a fake name (they don’t ask for ID verification).
Prior to losing sexual virginity the fear of having an STD is not present. Weird things happen, bumps, tingling during urination, and you still have peace of mind. However, once virginity is lost new fears crop in. It is only natural. Even if both parties promise and swear each are their “first” the fear sets in.
This fear doesn’t go away over time. Denial may even set it. To many people this is how they cope. HIV is so scary the mere thought of the possibility is denied and passed over. Even young, healthy people will selectively and conveniently “forget” sketchy sexual partners in order to cope with their fears. However, the next time a razor bump or the smallest skin irritation sets in the fears are back. What is this thing on my genitals? Self-hate, loss of self-worth, depression & loss of sleep may set in.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why not go get a comprehensive STD lab test and put these fears to rest? Is the desire to remain anonymous compelling one to stay in this state of fear? The Electronic Medical Records Act sucks in that it requires even negative lab tests to follow you for the rest of your life. Your doctor 50 years from now will be able to see how many times you had an STD test. How embarrassing. It seems like lawmakers just didn’t think this through before passing it. What’s new, right?
This is why I created this blog/website. Anonymous STD Testing Awareness. People wanting to remain anonymous have only ONE option in Dallas to get a truly anonymous STD test. It is my goal to spread awareness as to what this one option is, where to get it, and how to do it in order to remain truly anonymous.