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How can you tell if you or someone has herpes?

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have Herpes is to have a provider take a swab of an active sore. So if someone begins to experience any symptoms (sores or blisters on either the genitals or the mouth) they should see a provider so they can test for it.

It is important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms or dental dams during sexual contact to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

I have a cold sore and I used my spit to touch my vagina….

……can I get genital herpes? Help please I’m freaking out

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

The only way that the virus could be transmitted would be for there to be direct skin to skin contact.  Saliva does not transmit Herpes.

If there is sexual contact happening, it’s important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms ore dental dams during oral sex to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

I gave a guy a blowjob……

….he didn’t cum inside my mouth. But later on told me he had herpes. Is there a chance I got it now ?

 

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

So, if there was skin to skin contact without any barrier methods ( like a condom) there would be a risk of transmission. It is also possible that someone can transmit the Herpes Virus even if there is no visible sore. This is because right before someone has an outbreak  the virus is under the surface of the skin trying to break through. During this time a person may feel tenderness, tingling, or see discoloration in the area. During this time the virus can be transmitted.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have Herpes is to have a provider take a swab of an active sore. So if you begin to experience any symptoms (sores or blisters on either the genitals or the mouth) you should see a provider so they can test for it.

In the future, it’s important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms ore dental dams during oral sex to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

 

So I have a cold sore on the side on my mouth …

…..and I touched it and then accidentally touched my genital .. does this mean I gave myself genital herpes?

 

Good question!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

It is important to know that while they are different, if someone has a cold sore on their mouth and has direct skin to skin contact with the genitals, there is a high risk of transmission. Condoms and dental dams can help reduce this risk.

If someone touches a sore and immediately touches a mucus membrane (like the genitals) there is a slight risk of transmission.  The risk in this situation is low. In general, there needs to be mucus membrane to mucus membrane contact for the risk to be high.

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

So if I have a cold sore on my mouth….

….and I give my girlfriend oral will she get Herpes down there?

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

Even though Herpes Type I is not considered an STI, if someone has Herpes Type I and preforms oral sex on a person, it can transmit to that person’s genitals.

Also, if someone has Herpes Type II and someone preforms oral sex on that person, Herpes type II can be transmitted to the mouth.

Using condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of STI transmission during sexual contact.

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

 

Can you get the herpes virus without a sore present ?

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

Herpes Simplex Virus I & II are viruses that can be sexually transmitted. Type I generally presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth area so it’s not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex. Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

It is possible that someone can transmit the Herpes Virus even if there is no visible sore. This is because right before someone has an outbreak  the virus is under the surface of the skin trying to break through. During this time a person may feel tenderness, tingling, or see discoloration in the area. During this time the virus can be transmitted.

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

 

Can I get an STI form being able to orally pleasure myself?

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 there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact
  • And Mother to Child (Breastmilk and Vaginal Delivery)

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.

Masturbation can be a safe way to explore your body and learn more about your sexual likes and dislikes.  Masturbation doesn’t come with a risk of STI transmission or pregnancy, and it doesn’t require the same communication skills as being sexually active with someone else. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.  You can not give yourself an STI from masturbation

In this situation however, if you happened to have Herpes type 1  (Herpes type 1 causes cold sores on the mouth and is not an STI) and had direct contact from your mouth to your genitals, it could potentially be transmitted from the mouth to the genital region.  If you do have Herpes type 1 and want to pleasure yourself with your mouth, just use a barrier method like a condom or a dental dam.

If you have more questions, give our Teen Clinic a call! 303-442-5160

Yesterday I was shaving down there (I’m a female) and I noticed a bump, almost pimple-like…

…It hurts when I put pressure or itch it. I tried popping it but nothing. I’m really scared because my friend has Herpes of the mouth from her mom and we shared food, drinks, and Chapstick and she transferred it to me. I haven’t had an outbreak in months, but I masturbated the night before it showed up. I don’t want to tell my mom about it so please help!

It’s hard to say for sure what’s happening without seeing someone in person. Pimple-like bumps can be several different things including razor burn, an ingrown hair, a pimple or blemish, or an infection. The only way to know for sure though is to see a medical professional.

In very rare cases, a person could transfer oral herpes to their genitals by touching a cold sore, then directly touching their penis or vagina. However, this is highly unlikely.  The Herpes Simplex Virus is most easily transmitted through mouth-to-mouth, genital-to-mouth, or genital-to-genital contact. However, if you are experiencing itching, burning with urination, or pain in the genital area, be sure to see a healthcare provider soon.  The bump may be part of an infection, or it may be a harmless, normal part of your genitals. A Teen Clinic practitioner can help you learn the difference.

Call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to talk with a medical professional who can let you know for sure what the bump may be.

I had unprotected sex with a boy, but the next day two of my friends said I should get myself checked out. What happens when you go to check for STDs?

…What do the doctors do?

This is a really great and important question!

When testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, someone has to wait at least 2 weeks before getting tested. If someone did contract Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, it will only show an accurate result 14 days after exposure. To test for these STIs, someone will usually urinate in a cup. The lab will be able to test the urine for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and you will get results within 1-2 weeks.

When testing for Syphilis or HIV, the usual time period that you have to wait is 3 months. After 3 months, someone will receive an accurate result. To test for these STIs, someone will usually have their blood drawn. The lab will test the blood and you will get results within 1-2 weeks. Boulder Teen Clinic also offers rapid HIV testing the first two Tuesdays of every month with the help of BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project). During the rapid testing, someone will have their finger pricked and will know within 10 Minutes if they have HIV antibodies.

With other STIs like HPV, Trichomoniasis, Herpes, or Pubic Lice, you cannot test for the infection until you experience symptoms. Once you have symptoms, there are various tests that can be performed to confirm the presence of the infection. These tests could include but are not limited to visual tests or testing of discharge.

If you, or someone you know, believe you have an STI, abstain from any sexual contact until you can see a medical professional. You can also call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with one of our medical professionals!

Check out this question for more information on how to prevent STIs!

How soon can I get tested for STIs after unprotected sex? I believe there’s a window, can you please give me more info?

This is a really great and important question!

The time frame for when someone can get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) really depends on which STI we’re talking about.

When testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, someone has to wait at least 2 weeks before getting tested. If someone did contract Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, it will only show an accurate result 14 days after exposure.

When testing for Syphilis or HIV, the usual time period that you have to wait is 3 months. After 3 months, someone will receive an accurate result.

With other STIs like HPV, Trichomoniasis, Herpes, or Pubic Lice, you cannot test for the infection until you experience symptoms. Once you have symptoms, there are tests that can be performed to confirm the presence of the infection.

If you, or someone you now, believe you have an STI, abstain from any sexual contact until you can see a medical professional. You can also call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with one of our medical professionals!