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Are STIs transmitted through sharing of food, utensils, toilet seats or through handshakes?
No. STIs cannot be transmitted through sharing of food or eating utensils, shaking hands, through toilet seats or swimming pools. The organisms causing STIs usually cannot survive outside the human body.
Can STIs be contracted through kissing?
Dry kissing is generally safe. Some STIs can be transmitted through deep, wet kissing. Syphilis, gonorrhoea, chamydial infection, and herpes may be present in the mouth/throat of infected persons. However, STIs are not commonly transmitted through kissing.
Can a person be infected with more than one STI?
Yes this is possible and not uncommon. This is why it is always important to be tested for other STIs if you have been diagnosed as suffering from any one STI.
Can someone inherit an STI from his or her parents, i.e. is it genetic disease?
STIs are acquired diseases; they are not inherited. However, mothers with some STIs can pass on the infection to their baby during pregnancy, during delivery or breastfeeding. Early treatment of an infected pregnant mother can prevent infection in her baby.