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How much body fluid required to actually transmit a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

To get even close to how much bacteria there are in vaginal discharge and penile discharge, we look at how are they diagnosed/detected laboratory wise. Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhea a ...
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What forms of prevention of STIs are there?

The CDC lists two: complete abstinence, and being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Sexual intercourse naturally introduces microtears (small tears in the ...
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What is the likelihood of contracting genital HSV1 through oral sex?

It seems to me that you are looking for solid risk numbers, which I am afraid might not be available. This is just a summary of the basic facts that play into this likelihood. For example, what is ...
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STI vs STD vs Sexually Transmitted Virus

Short Answer HIV is a virus and when the HIV virus has invaded the body it becomes an infection (specifically an STI only if and when transmitted through sexual contact). Whilst the terms STI and ...
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How does someone get an STI if it has to be transmitted in the first place?

How are STIs different from other pathogens? STIs are infections of pathogens that either live in the genital area and/or exist in body fluids and also usually don't get transmitted in simpler ways ...
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Having sex with someone who's had many sexual partners,

This is a very good and important question, not only for you but for other people as well. As people have said in the comments, YES it can be potentially dangerous to have unprotected sexual ...
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How do you get infected with HIV?

What should I take care of while sleeping with another woman to protect her against AIDS? Get tested and go see you doctor. CDC.gov: No HIV test can detect HIV immediately after infection. If you ...
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Chance of getting sexual transmitted diseases

Assuming that we are talking about the risk of having intercourse one time under the conditions you described, and assuming you do not know if your male partner had an STD, and provided your partner ...
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What STDs can be transmitted if both parties have no open sores/cuts?

This answer covers herpes, with both HSV1 (usually appearing and transmitted orally) and HSV2 (usually called genital herpes). So-called "asymptomatic shedding", when the virus can be transmitted ...
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Can a mosquito bite transmit STD's?

Yes, it is true that Zika can be transmitted sexually (from the CDC). However, Zika is generally classified as a mosquito-borne disease, not an STD, as mosquitoes are by far the most common vector of ...
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HSV transmission

HSV1 and HSV2 are different strains of the Herpes simplex virus. They both can lead to oral or genital infection. The reason they are usually known as oral (HSV1) and genital (HSV2) herpes are that ...
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STI vs STD vs Sexually Transmitted Virus

STI = sexually transmitted infection STD = sexually transmitted disease Strictly speaking, not all STIs are STDs. Infection merely means the presence of the microbes in the body and if it does not ...
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Wearing condom during fellatio,

You can get Genital Herpes from someone licking your scrotum and there is no protection from Genital Herpes with condoms anyway as they don't cover the scrotum. With oral sex, the risk is only there ...
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Why is HIV singled out from other STIs?

Question: If HIV is an STI, then why is HIV often listed separately, for example: HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections Fact sheet STDs and HIV – CDC Fact Sheet What You Need To Know About the ...
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Why is HIV singled out from other STIs?

This is a good question, and although as you correctly state that HIV is an STI (see STI vs STD vs Sexually Transmitted Virus?) there is a difference with HIV which is one reason why it may be ...
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I've unprotected acceptive oral sex with 3 partners, two of which were from escort service. What are my chances to get some desease(s)?

I would encourage you to get seen by a healthcare professional for testing/advice. This could be from your family doctor or at a walk-in clinic. There might also be a sexual health center near you ...
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Why is HIV singled out from other STIs?

From a rigorous scientific viewpoint, it at first makes indeed not much sense to list STIs and HIV separately. HIV is a virus that once it is in your body and you have antibodies developed will have ...
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What's the difference of oral herpes from genital one?

Type 1 and type 2 are different viruses and once you have a herpes infection, you will always have the infection as it is lifelong (WHO, 2020). Infection with herpes simplex virus, commonly known as ...
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Why is Candida Albicans not regarded as an STI if it can be passed back and forth during intercourse?

Although Candida Albicans can be transmitted sexually, generally it is developed without sexual contact. WebMD gives the following details Normally, a type of bacteria called Lactobacillus keeps the ...
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Is herpes simplex/cold sore on the thigh considered a sexually transmitted disease?

It is not possible to tell what actions led to the thigh infection, because there are multiple possible actions that could. Explanation: Close bodily contact of any kind can transmit herpes. That is,...
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