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.
If someone has not engaged in any of the sexual activities we have listed, STIs would not be a risk.
The pill is 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy as long as someone takes it correctly. Taking the pill correctly entails taking it every day at the same time.
If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic to get tested, or for anything else give us a call at 303-442-5160