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Diseases » Pelvic Inflammatory Disease » Contagiousness

Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Contagious?

Infection and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

The bacteria that cause pelvic inflammatory disease are transmitted between people during sexual contact.

Transmission of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease from Person to Person

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, can be transmitted:

  • by sexual conduct between people.

Contagion summary:

Sexual activity; sexual intercourse, anal sex, oral sex.

Contagiousness properties for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by oral sex?: Yes

  Contagious by anal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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