It's very much possible to contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) from sharing sex toys. The fluids that are released during sexual pleasure provides a favorable environment for the causative agents i.e. the bacteria and viruses to survive and multiply.

CDC estimates that an upwards of 65 million people living in the USA suffer from chronic, incurable STDs. Painfully, another 20 million get new STD infections each year.

The common belief among people is that STDs can only be transmitted via sexual contact between two people. What most of us do not know is that STDs can also be spread by sharing sex toys.

If you have been sharing sex toys with your partner, and you suspect that you could have been exposed to an STD, you should both get tested. With the help of these test kits, you can quickly diagnose if you have been afflicted by an STD. These tests can be done from the comfort and privacy of your home.

This is important because most people living with STDs do not experience any symptoms for a long time. An asymptomatic disease is more easily spread as the carrier is not being aware of having an STD.

Read on to discover some of the dangerous STDs that can be contracted by sharing sex toys.

HIV/AIDS

This is one of the most prevalent STDs. In most cases, patients will not show any physical symptoms. HIV/AIDS infection occurs when the human immunodeficiency virus enters your bloodstream through a mucous membrane, then uses a tissue as a reservoir and attacks your defense system.

This weakens the body's immune system giving way to secondary infections and cancers. You can get infected when you share sex toys since HIV can survive in fluids like vaginal fluids and semen produced during sexual pleasure.

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Although HIV has no cure, there are particular medications you can use to boost your immune system.

Genital Herpes

This is a viral STD which manifests itself in the form of blister-like sores around the genitals. The symptoms will appear on average 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

These blisters are usually painful when they burst, especially when urine runs over the open sores. Note that while these sores usually clear up within 2-3 weeks, the virus stays in the body causing the infection to eventually return. Herpes is dangerous since it spreads even when there are no symptoms or sores visible.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that is carried in the blood and body fluids of an infected person. It's a liver disease which causes inflammation of the liver and can lead to liver cirrhosis.

Patients with chronic hepatitis B have higher risks of getting liver cancer. Hepatitis B can be transmitted by sharing sex toys with an infected person. A mother can also pass it to her infant during delivery.

The symptoms may vary from poor appetite to jaundice, rashes, joint pains, fever, and vomiting among others. You can prevent hepatitis B by getting vaccinated. For acute hepatitis B infection, your doctor may recommend lots of fluids, proper nutrition and rest as your immune system fights the infection. If the acute hepatitis B progresses to chronic hepatitis B, which is a lifelong infection, long term antiviral therapy may be recommended.

Chlamydia

This is a bacterial infection which has symptoms that are very similar to those of gonorrhea. It causes cervicitis which is an inflammation of the cervix in women.

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The symptoms may be mild in women and come with blood-tinged vaginal discharges. However, three out of four women won't experience these symptoms after infection.

When chlamydia is not properly treated, it may lead to the development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is usually associated with fever and pain.  It can also lead to infertility, in both sexes and miscarriage in expectant women.

It has been found to cause pneumonia and eye infections to infants delivered by infected mothers.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae found in the vaginal fluids and semen of an infected person. Gonorrhea can grow in wet places like the vagina, penis, throat and rectum.

The symptoms of gonorrhea in men include penile discharge and a burning sensation. Women, in most cases, will not have any noticeable symptoms and may not be aware they have gonorrhea.

If you suspect that you're exposed to an infection, you should get a medical examination. This is critical since gonorrhea is dangerous and if left untreated, it can lead to loss of fertility in both men and women.

Studies also show that it's responsible for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). A woman suffering from gonorrhea can give birth to a baby with an infection of the eyes.

Vaginitis

Vaginitis is characterized by inflammation of the vagina. The swelling is usually due to trichomonas, bacteria or yeast that are transferred during sex or by the sharing of toys like dildos and vibrators.

The types of vaginitis which are easily spread this way include bacterial vaginosis, yeast vaginitis and Trichomonal vaginitis.

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Syphilis

Like gonorrhea, syphilis can be found in the bodily fluids of an infected person. Sharing pleasure toys with an infected person is a risk factor for a syphilis infection. It takes between 10 to 90 days (on average 3 weeks) before the first syphilis symptom appears, which is an open soar (or more) to appear on any part of the body.

The sore is usually painless and will go away on its own after around 14 to 21 days. After that, you'll experience bouts of fever, headache, rashes and swollen glands.

Delayed treatment will expose the patient to even more life-threatening complications like heart problems, brain damage, and damage to other body parts like the eyes.

It can also cause congenital disabilities in pregnant women and even kill the fetus.

Use condoms on your toys

STDs are transmitted from person to person. By having sex, but also through objects like sex toys. You can prevent the transmission of STDs by putting condoms on your toys.

Get tested

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you suspect that you might have contracted an infection, don’t wait until it’s too late. Get immediate medical tests and treatment to prevent the infections from extensively damaging the cells of your body. These rapid STD test kits are accurate and easy to use with clear instructions.