Archive for STI

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

 

Is it bad to have oral sex?

Whether or not people engage in oral sex is totally up to them!

Sometimes people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal or anal penetration, there is little to no risk of contracting an STI/STD. But the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice and Trichomoniasis) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection. There are four ways in which someone can contract an STI. They are…

  • Blood
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Sexual fluids (vaginal fluids and semen)
  • Vaginal birth and breast milk

When someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood,sexual fluids, and/or skin. But the good news is that there are ways to prevent STI transmission from happening! Using a condom for oral sex on a penis will help drastically reduce your risk of transmitting an STI.  If oral sex is being performed on the vagina or anus, a dental dam can be used to help reduce your risk also! You can pick up free condoms and dental dams at Teen Clinic!

I’m a queer girl, and in my school we have no queer sex ed….

…..During sex/sexual activities, would my girlfriend and/or I have to wear protection against STIs?

Thanks for asking this!

Lets talk a little bit about STIsSTIs 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, STIs are a risk regardless of what kind of sex is occurring. Here are some ways to help reduce the risk:

If people are engaging in digital (or finger) play, they can use gloves to help reduce the risk of any infections.

Using dental dams during oral sex on either the vagina or anus can help reduce the risk of STIs being transmitted to and from the mouth and throat. If people don’t have access to dental dams, they can cut a condom open flat and it’s just as effective.

If sex toys are being used, an option is to put condoms on the sex toy and change the condoms in between partners and/or in between each sexual activity.  Or, thoroughly washing the sex toy in between.

Also as a general rule, someone should never reuse a barrier method like a glove, dental dam, or condom.

Lastly, its 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 to get tested, give us a call at 303-442-5160. You can also walk in to pick up condoms, lube, and dental dams.

 

Does vaginal secretion pass the STI without skin to skin contact?

It depends! Some STIs are transmitted through sexual fluids (semen or vaginal fluids) and some STIs are transmitted through skin to skin (penis, anus, vagina, mouth/throat) contact.

STIs that can be transmitted through sexual fluids are:

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

HIV

Trichomoniasis

So for these STIs to be transmitted, the sexual fluids would need to make contact with the mucus membrane (penis, anus vagina, mouth/throat).

STIs that can be transmitted through skin to skin contact are:

HPV

Syphilis

Pubic Lice

Herpes

So for these STIs to be transmitted, there needs to be direct skin to skin (penis, anus, vagina, mouth/throat) contact.

 

Things like condoms and dental dams can help people reduce the risk of STIs during sexual contact.

If you want to make an appointment with us, give us a call at 303-442-5160

 

 

Can I pass chlamydia to someone if we had unprotected sex once?

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vaginapenisanus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

So if someone had sexual contact with someone who had Chlamydia, even if it was only once, there is a chance of transmission.

If someone thinks they have come into contact with Chlamydia or other STIs, they should make an appointment to get tested. If you want to make an appointment with us you can call us at 303-442-5160

Do they test for every STI in one go ?

Good question!

Lets talk a little bit about STIsSTIs 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
  • 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.

At a checkup, they aren’t going to test automatically for all STIs. It’s also important to know that not all STIs are tested for the same way. For example STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be tested through a urine sample.  And STIs like HIVSyphilis, an Hepatitis B can be tested through a blood sample.  It would be important to have a conversation with  your clinician if you were interested in getting tested, and to discuss what tests to get done.

If you want to make an appointment for testing,you can call us at 303-442-5160

Is it ok to have sex on your period?

Thanks for asking this!

Whether someone chooses to have sex on their period is totally up to them!

What is important to remember though is that it would be important to use a barrier method to reduce the risk of STI transmission.  Since STIs can be transmitted through genital to genital contact, sexual fluids AND blood, there would be a higher risk of transmission.

If you are having the type of sex that can lead to pregnancy, it’s important to know that pregnancy is also still possible when someone has sex on their period because pregnancy depends on ovulation ( when the egg is released from the ovary) and ovulation can happen anytime during the month.

In addition to using a condom, it would be a good idea to be on a form of birth control as well. Most forms of birth control can reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 99% when they are used correctly.

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic or have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160

What is the biggest sign you have an STI?

Lets talk a bit about STIs.

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 and how they are transmitted, they are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Breast milk and Vaginal Delivery

So it is important to know that people define “sex” differently, but if people are having sexual contact with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play, that is how they would be at risk for an STI.  Barrier methods like condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of STI transmission during sexual contact.

What is really important to know about STIs, is that many STIs do not show any noticeable or visible symptoms.  Meaning the infection can be in the body and may not be giving any “signs” or indications that it is present.

SOME symptoms that can be an indicator of an infection are:

  • Pain with urination
  • Change in discharge ( a change in the color, odor, consistency, amount)
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding during or after intercourse
  • Sores/lesions on the genitals

The only way someone can know for sure if they have an STI is to get tested.  If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic to get tested you can call us at 303-442-5160

Can you get an STI without having had sex?

Good question!

Lets talk a bit about STIs.

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 and how they are transmitted, they are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Breast milk and Vaginal Delivery

So it is important to know that people define “sex” differently, but if people are having sexual contact with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play, that is how they would be at risk for an STI.

STIs cannot just develop, and things like masturbation cannot cause an STI.

Thanks for asking this! And if you want to make an appointment with us, give us a call at 303-442-5160

 I had protected sex with my boyfriend….

……a day after we had sex I started to notice that I have an infection and it’s very itchy. Could it be that I have an STI or is it just an infection?

Some STIs (sexually transmitted infections) can have symptoms that include itching.  While using a condom during sexual contact definitely helps reduce the risk of STIs, there is still a risk of transmission.

It is also important to know that there are other types of infections like yeast and Bacterial Vaginosis  that can occur organically from imbalances in the body (stress, diet, and clothing can all contribute to this). These are not STIs, and can be treated.

The only way to know what is going on for sure is to see a medical professional. They will be able to determine what is going on, and provide treatment if needed! You can do this at our Teen Clinic. Give us a call to make an appointment! 303-442-5160