STDs and Swimsuits

The weather is warming up, and that means it’s time to lounge on the beach or by the pool! Before you do, you might want to snag a great deal on a new swimsuit that accentuates your body in all the right ways. This means trying on new swimwear to find the perfect look.

Swimsuit shopping might have you wondering – “Can I get an STD from trying on swimsuits?” Not all sexually transmitted diseases can be spread to a new host this way – after all, the bacteria and viruses that cause many types of STDs don’t survive for long outside the human body and require direct contact to transfer from person to person.

However, some STDs and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are caused by protozoa, lice, bacteria and viruses that can survive on new swimsuits. This allows infections to transmit passively from one host to another.

It’s a scary thought, but you can protect yourself by learning more about STDs and swimsuits.

Examples of STIs Sometimes Found on Swimsuits

The following STIs can spread passively by infecting swimsuit bottoms:

  • Trichomoniasis , or trich, is caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis protozoan parasite, which can live outside the body for several hours.
  • Pubic lice , or crabs, can spread if an infected person shares towels, bed sheets or swimsuits.
  • Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that spreads through direct contact and indirect contact with clothing an infected person has worn.
  • Bacterial vaginosis , or BV, is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina. BV loves synthetic swimsuit fibers and can be difficult to wash out.
  • Urinary tract infections are caused when E. coli or other bacteria from the anal region enter the urethra.

While uncommon, it’s also possible to transmit more serious STDs, including Hepatitis A, B and C, Chlamydia, HPV and even HIV in extremely rare cases.

Prevent STD Infection While Trying on Swimsuits

Protect yourself in the dressing room and once you get home by following these tips:

  • Don’t trust the hygienic liner – keep your underwear on while trying new swimsuits!
  • Wash your hands after trying on swimsuits.
  • After making your purchase, wash the swimsuit before wearing it to the pool.
  • Keep whatever you’ve got to yourself – don’t return used swimwear.

STD Testing in Atlanta, GA

The truth is there’s a slight chance of contracting an STD while trying on swimsuits, but only if you fail to follow the appropriate precautions. Just remember, this is merely one example of how STDs can be transmitted without having sex.

If you or your partner is concerned you may have an STD, visit Perimeter Clinic for help. We offer STD testing in a clean, confidential setting. The entire process takes just 15 to 20 minutes, and most results are available within one to two days. To make an appointment and protect your health, please contact Perimeter Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia at 678-999-8263 today.

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