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Can I Get An STD If I've Never Had Unprotected Sex?

Published: July 14, 2015
Dear Can I Get An STD If I've Never Had Unprotected Sex?,

I've never had unprotected sex. Every time me and my boyfriend have sex he uses a condom and it has never broken. Is it possible for me to get an STD if I've never had unprotected sex?


Dear Can I Get An STD If I've Never Had Unprotected Sex?,

Using a condom protects you from most types of STD’s but not ALL. The only way to prevent yourself 100% from getting an STD is to not have sex. With that said, using a condom as protection cannot prevent someone from getting Herpes if the condom does not cover the wart or lesion. Condoms do not prevent all skin to skin contact so it is still possible to spread HPV that way.

While condoms cannot give 100% protection from the transmission of all STDs, it is VERY important that you do continue to use condoms with every sexual encounter that you engage in whether it is oral, anal, or genital sex because condoms do offer some protection if worn correctly. According to Planned Parenthood:

Condoms that are made of latex offer very good protection against HIV. Latex condoms also reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted infections, including

  • chlamydia

  • chancroid

  • gonorrhea

  • hepatitis B

  • herpes

  • HPV

  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

  • syphilis trichomoniasis

Condoms can also prevent urinary tract infections in men who wear them.

It is important to mention here that you should also have some other type of contraception to prevent against unwanted pregnancy in the case where a condom does break. Your local Planned Parenthood or teen health center has free (or low cost) condoms. They also provide education confidentially to teens on how to use condoms correctly.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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