Yes, some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be passed through sperm during sexual activity.
For example, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), is transmitted through bodily fluids, including semen. Other STDs that can be transmitted through semen include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes.
It’s important to note that not all STDs are transmitted through semen. Some, like human papillomavirus (HPV), can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, while others, like syphilis, can be transmitted through contact with infected sores or lesions.
To reduce the risk of contracting or spreading STDs, it’s important to practice safe sex by using condoms or other barrier methods, getting tested regularly, and discussing sexual health with partners.