It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four main modes of transmission. They are…
- Vaginal fluids
- Skin to skin contact
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. Although STIs can be common, remember that they are preventable!
Although manual penetration (or getting fingered) is a lower risk activity, there is still some risk if you are coming into contact with someone’s blood, skin, or sexual fluids.
If you are engaging in any sexual activity where sperm may come in contact with the vagina, in addition to the possibility of contracting an STI, there is also risk of pregnancy when having unprotected sex. Because both the risk of contracting an STI and/or pregnancy are so high, it’s important to use a condom correctly, consistently, and 100% of the time!
In the meantime, if you think you may have an infection, it’s a good idea to abstain from sex until you know for sure. Make an appointment at Teen Clinic as soon as possible. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and eat a balanced diet. Help your body stay as healthy as possible! And try not to worry. Seeing a doctor is a great way to find out for sure. You’ll have the chance to ask lots of questions and get any treatment you need.