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Is it possible for two people who have never been sexually active before to get STIs when they have non-protected sex?

You have brought up an interesting question. Two people who have never been sexually active should not pose a risk for contracting an STBBI from each other (sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection), unless they have acquired STBBIs from non-sexual exposure.

Instances when someone who has never been sexually active but could have an STBBI include:

  • someone who was born with HIV because of an HIV positive parent
  • someone who has acquired HIV, Hep B, Hep C or possibly syphilis through shared drug equipment
  • someone who has acquired herpes through kissing

However, if two people are engaging in sexual activity exclusively with each other and not sharing drug use equipment with anyone, there is little to no STBBI risk. Talking with your partner about testing, your number of current sexual partners, safer drug use, and safer sex practices goes a long way in staying safe while having condomless sex.