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Can you get an STD without having sexual intercourse ?

hi, this is varun a student of mca;24 yrs old; recently i got anal warts; and get the surgery done for that but i dont know why it has come; since i read through the internet and came to know it is Sexually Transmitted Disease; But so far i dont have sex/ intercourse with any one. so what are the possibilities for this?
Asked On : Tue, 25 Jan 2011
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HI Varun,

Thanks for posting the query.

I understand the trauma you have gone through.

Anal warts are usually caused due Human Papilloma virus (HPV). There are hundreds of variety of this virus, but Human Papilloma virus- 6 and 11 are mainly responsible for genital/anal warts.

You are correct. It is a sexually transmitted disease. It is usually transmitted through a sexual intercourse. But there are non sexual means of transmission like skin to skin contact. Touching someone or something infected by the virus and then touching one's genital without washing hands is a also a method of HPV transmission.

Surgery is good mode of treatment. As you are already operated for it, now you need not to worry for it.

I would suggest you to meet your surgeon regularly to keep check on recurrence.

Maintaining personal hygiene is also important.

Hope I have answered your query.

I will be available if you have any followup queries in future.

Regards,

Dr. Jyoti Patil.
Answered: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
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