You don’t even have to take your clothes off to get a s*xually transmitted infection.
Technically it’s possible to catch an STI without having s*x, even if you’re a virgin.
If you want to avoid getting infected, it’s important to know what kind of everyday behaviour might put you at risk.
According to Health Express there’s seven weird ways you can contract a disease downstairs.
Here is the full list of bizarre things to watch out for – from razors to towels and tanning beds.
1. Using tanning beds
It sounds disgusting but the beauty salon can be a hotbed for herpes and human papilloma virus (HPV).
Because breakouts of these two STIs can appear anywhere on the body, they can easily be transferred onto the bed.
The warm, moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria, but as long as you go to a decent salon they should wipe down the beds inbetween clients which will keep you safe.
2. Dry humping
Not only can you get pregnant from dry humping (even if you haven’t removed your underwear) you can also risk catching a number of STIs.
Because of the skin-to-skin contact, it’s possible to get diseases like HPV, herpes, syphilis and molloscum contagiosum.
3. Touching beards
This one is rare but pubic lice (crabs), scabies and herpes can hide in beards.
If the face fuzz has come into contact with an infected person’s genitals, it could harbour the parasitic infection and pass it on.
4. Sharing razors
There’s no need to share razors, especially when you’re increasing your risk of getting sex infection.
Because you tend to cut or nick your skin during shaving, you’re left vulnerable to infections left on the dirty razor by its rightful owner.
Shaving your pubes also increases your risk of catching an STI in general because it leaves your downstairs with irritated, broken skin.
Are you under the age of 50? Then you probably have herpes and don’t know about it.
A massive two thirds of the world’s population – more than 3.7billion people – under the age of 50 have oral herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).
What’s more scary is that the kind in your mouth can actually be spread downstairs.
If you kiss someone with a cold sore, you become a carrier for the herpes disease, meaning you’re more likely to catch genital herpes through sex.
6. Sharing towels
Stick to using your own towel because some sneaky STIs thrive in damp, moist environments.
Particularly trichomoniasis, caused by a tiny parasite, which can live outside the body for 45 minutes.
Don’t put your health at risk for the sake of a bald bikini line.
Shockingly, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found a link between Brazilian waxes and the highly-contagious STI molluscum contagiosum.
And the beauty treatment can also put people at risk of catching herpes, as the virus can enter the body through cuts or damaged skin, and genital warts.
Ripping hair out from the root can tear off layers of skin cells too, leaving you vulnerable to other contagious skin diseases like ringworm and impetigo.
If that’s not reason enough to rock a bush down below, there’s also some less serious consequences that you wouldn’t want affecting your privates such as ingrown hairs, irritated bumps and pus-filled inflamed boils.