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Can You Catch an STD From a Swimming Pool Or Hot Tub?

As we approach summertime, you’ll likely have a dip or two in a pool or hot tub. For some, this may even include getting a little bit naughty! But, with so many illnesses that can be transmitted through bacteria in the water, are STDs one of them? To answer the question in full, we asked Your Sexual Health resident GP, Dr Rashid Bani. So, can you actually catch an STD from a swimming pool?

The short answer is no, you can’t get an STD from a swimming pool. This is because bacteria carrying the infection can’t live outside the body, especially in chlorine-treated water for more than a few seconds. You could, however, catch an STD from having unprotected sex in a swimming pool or hot tub.

Read on to find out if STDs can be transmitted in a pool or hot tub, as well as the risk factors to consider when having sex in a body of water.