“If someone has an STI can it be passed to other family members? Are there any precautions you should take?
A: STI’s cannot be passed by contact such as hugging, touching, dry kissing or sharing eating utensils. Herpes 1 simplex could be passed through deep kissing, but only if there is blood to blood contact through the mouth. Some STI’s can be passed through needles that are used to inject drugs (blood to blood contact). STI’s are mainly passed during vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. Genital herpes can possibly be passed by touching the genitals of the infected person. Also, some STI’s can be passed from mother to child during a pregnancy or childbirth.