Sexually transmitted diseases are the most common infection among young and young adults who are sexually active. From the name, these infections spread through sexual activities, whether oral, vaginal, or anal. But, they also spread through skin-skin contact or by sharing things like towels, sex toys, or underpants with an infected person.
Most of these sexually transmitted diseases rarely show signs, especially in their early stages, and for this reason, most people spread these contagious diseases to their partners without knowing. And this is why STDs are the most common disease.
Most governments have put free medical consultations in their healthcare facilities to offer sex education to sexually active groups to combat the spread of common STDs. However, this alone is not enough to reduce the spread of STDS; you must step up as an individual to help the government ensure the reduction of people contracting these infections.
You can help by abstaining, but if you can’t, ensure you are in a monogamous and honest relationship. But, some people, most sexually active youths, usually have multiple partners. If you fall in this category, ensure you regularly go for STD testing and correctly and consistently use condoms.
Some STDs can you can transmit to your partner by sharing sex toys without washing or covering them with a condom because there will be an exchange of fluids. Read on to know more about sex toys and STDs.
Which STDs can be transmitted by sharing sex toys?
You can transmit almost all STDs to your partner by sharing sex toys, but some STDs can be easily transmitted. These are STDs that only require the exchange of vaginal fluids or semen or just by touching them, and they include:
- Bacterial vaginosis
These STDs are transmitted mainly by women sharing sex toys with other women, and bacterial vaginosis is the most spread infection caused by sharing sex toys. Therefore, it is important not to have sex with other women with a history of sharing sex toys.
However, some STDs can only transmit if there is blood due to sores or cuts, called blood-borne infections. They include:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
You should, therefore, not share sex toys that draw blood from the skin. If you have t and are using penetrative sex toys, you should be careful if you have cuts or sores around your vaginal area, as this increases the chance of passing an infection to your partner.
How can you prevent STDs when sharing sex toys?
You can contract STDs by sharing certain objects with an infected person, and of these those things are sex toys. Because some of these STDs, like chlamydia, can lead to heart complications like coronary heart disease, which may require CPR certification. Fortunately, still, there are things that you can do when sharing sex toys to avoid contracting STIs, and they include:
Washing sex toys before and after use
If you still want to enjoy and share sex toys, then wash them immediately after you finish before handing them over. You should thoroughly clean them with the shop and ensure that you get rid of the fluids and the blood stain on the object.
Use a condom
To avoid interrupting your pleasurable moments while preventing getting infected, use condoms at all times. For women, you can use condoms for dildos or vibrators depending on your choice or pot on women’s condoms, and this will relieve you of the hassle of washing them every time.
Put on gloves
Some of these STDs spread through contact, and to avoid contacting your partner’s fluids, wear latex or nitrile gloves and thank me later.
STDs are common, and you may not know if your partner has them unless you go for testing. So, to prevent STDs, whether you are having oral, vaginal, or anal sex, your protection.