I haven’t had sex yet but am planning to…

….Do I still need to get an STD check ?

 

This is a great question!

It is important to know that people define sex differently.  At Teen Clinic we define sex as vaginal, oral, anal, and genital to genital contact.

STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs they are transmitted through..

  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact (or genital to genital contact)
  • Breast milk
  • Vaginal birth

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.

So, if you engage in any contact where an STI could be a risk, it would be a good idea to get tested.

Using condoms and/or dental dams can help reduce the risk of STIs.

It is also a good idea for everyone involved to get tested. Not all STIs show symptoms, so getting tested can help partners be on the same page, and know what their risk is. Many partners come in together to get tested!

If you want to make an appointment with us you can call us at 303-442-5160