Could I catch an STD or kind of vaginal infection by sharing a bathroom with someone?

by Rachel on August 1, 2011

For example:
Toilet seat contact, bathtub, razors, soap, using unwashed towels

If so, How could I prevent this. It’s my mom’s bathroom and I’m even not positive she has an STD or anything. I don’t want to ask her and I also don’t want to offend her by acting suspicious.

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Sarah Micgregger August 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

just ask her she is your mom

Sean M August 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

Ya you can. Herpes is one example. Just make sure you keep everything clean and use Lysol Wipes

Juniper August 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

rubbing alcohol, dab it on some toilet paper clean off the toilet and then use it, it’s hard to catch certain STD’s through a toilet but herpes or crabs are a toss up, if you are super uncomfortable just do the rubbing alcohol thing, the rest of the stuff you listed, you should be completely fine, big hugs

zakkwylde273 August 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

No. Bodily fluids need to be shared which is usually during sex, hence the name sexually transmitted disease. It is a myth that toilet seat contact causes STDs. Plus, the amount of pathogens for an STD or other infection on the toiletry objects that your immune system will attack before a chance of infection. Extremely slim chance of any genital disease from sharing a restroom.

Caregirl August 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

It’s very unlikely that you could catch an STD from sharing a bathroom. Toilet seat contact can not spread STD’s.
Using the same soap, bathtub or shower cannot spread STD’s.

Now, using unwashed towels, I don’t think you can contract an STD, but it is kind of gross anyway. I would never share a towel with anyone, nor would I use the same towel 2x, but that’s just me.

Debra B August 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

You can catch staph infections from used towels. I guess you could also catch candida (yeast infection) from a used bath towel. Public lice are also transmissible via wet towels.

You can *potentially* catch hepatitis from used shavers, but the risk is very low. Theoretically, you can catch HIV from used razors, but the CDC has never had a verified case where this happened.

Toilet seats are probably cleaner than the bathroom floor, so no, you can’t catch anything here. Bathtub, soap, etc.–can’t catch anything.

tom August 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

is you’re mother magic johnson? i think you’ll be fine. you could get crabs from a toilet seat. and if you’re sharing razors you could get something that way. i’d recomend using you’re own rasors

Ms. Le'Kia August 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

One of the most enduring urban legends concerns getting a sexually transmitted disease from a toilet seat or a hot tub. But can that really happen? “Do not worry about the toilet seat,.” “No one catches STDs on toilet seats.”

So what could you get from a toilet seat? “You can theoretically catch some bacteria that can bother your skin,” but toilet seats are a relatively safe place because they’re inert, they’re just a plastic covering.

Here’s what the reality is: We’re living with bacteria; we’re alive because of bacteria; we ought to get comfortable with the fact that we live in a dangerous world and what we really want to do is make sure that our immune systems are ready to do battle. As long as you’re able to protect yourself, then you’re okay sitting on any toilet seat you want.”

Catching something in a hot tub is “more possible‚Ķbecause often the hot tubs aren’t kept clean,.” “People have bodily secretions that they’re sweating or leaving in the hot tub and you’re hopping right into it. That’s a place that I don’t like to hang out too much.”

Hope this helps ease your mind. Good Luck!!!

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