Thanks for reaching out to us. A partner not washing his genitals properly could expose their partner(s) to normally-occurring bacteria from his genitals. Bacterial infections like bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections can be a result of bacterial build-up in the genitals. This is not a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and can be easily treated. So getting in touch with your health care provider can help in timely diagnosis and treatment.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not caused by poor hygiene practices but by unprotected sexual contact. STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, HPV, etc can be passed between partners with or without washing. The only way to know if you have an STI or not is to be tested.
YES, washing genitals is about maintaining good hygiene. However, its important to note that washing genitals before and after sex DOES NOT cure Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Having an open conversation with your partner about considering STI testing can help in continuing to have a safe and healthy sexual relationship. In the time that you are waiting for an appointment or for your test results, consider safer sex options.
Hope this was helpful.