Archive for STI

My partner and I just got diagnosed with Chlamydia, I been loyal to our relationship and she says the same thing, however there was a couple of times we had unprotected anal and vaginal sex within the same night, could this possibly be the source of the bacteria? Switching from anal to vaginal during intercourse?

Chlamydia can’t be transmitted by switching between vaginal and anal sex, although other infections can, so make sure you’re rinsing off in between and that both of you urinate after sex.

Chlamydia can take up to three months to show up in your system, so depending on your relationship history, one possibility is that one of you got it several months ago (perhaps from a previous partner) but it didn’t show up on STI test until now. Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner.

I had unprotected sex with a partner and the next day had itchy and swollen vulva then it went away in 2 days, what was it?

An itchy and swollen vulva can happen for many different reasons, so we can’t give you a definitive answer. Sometimes your body has a reaction similar to an allergic reaction when you have sex with a new partner because that person’s bacteria, yeast, pH, and other factors are different from your own. You may also have had a mild yeast infection, which generally causes itching and some swelling. Yeast infections can go away on their own, but sometimes you do need medicine to fully get rid of them.

If you had unprotected sex, we strongly encourage you to get tested for STIs. In general, it’s best to wait a few months before getting tested, since many of the most common STIs take an average of 3 months to show up in your system. If you get tested immediately after having unprotected sex, it’s possible the test results won’t be accurate. Remember that you can get tested for FREE at Teen Clinic, and it’s totally confidential.

What are 4 bodily fluids that do not spread STIs?

Bodily fluids that do NOT spread STIs include sweat, tears, urine, and saliva. STIs CAN be transmitted through blood, ejaculate, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluids.

If I have Hep C from drug use, will my partner get it from sex?

Hepatitis C is most commonly transmitted through blood. Although it’s rare, Hep C can also be transmitted through sexual contact. Using condoms is a good way to prevent that from happening. We provide them free at our clinic!

Do you still risk getting an STI/STD if sperm or vaginal fluid comes in contact with a cut on your hand?

STIs can be transmitted through sperm or vaginal fluids, and in some cases by getting infected blood or other fluids into open sores. However, there are a couple important things to understand: in order for transmission to be possible, one person has to have an STI first (in other words, they don’t happen spontaneously just because sexual fluids came in contact with a sore). Secondly, there’s really only one STI that could be transmitted from sexual fluids coming in contact with an open sore, and that’s HIV. It’s easier for HIV to get into your body if you have sores, cuts, or openings in your skin that semen, vaginal fluids, or blood may get into. But again, transmission would only be possible if the person whose sperm or vaginal fluids touched the sore had tested positive for HIV and was not taking appropriate medication.

We know STI information can be confusing, so if you have more specific questions, please text our anonymous hotline (text 66746 and start with “ToTC”) or make an appointment to talk to one of our providers!

Is it possible to catch an std through saliva 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.

Fluids like saliva, urine, sweat, and tears can NOT transmit STIs

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

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

My boyfriend and I have had sex for about a year (and have been together for a year). I have had unprotected sex with four other partners in the past…

…My boyfriend has been tested for STDs and doesn’t have any. Can I have the possibility of having one or no since he’s clean?

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.

It’s good that your boyfriend got tested, but it would be a good idea to get tested as well.

If both of you don’t have any STIs, and are not having sexual contact with other people, STIs would not be a risk.

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

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

So my girlfriend and I have just started fingering…

… (we’re both girls) and we’ve never done anything sexual before so I wanna ask if there’s any danger to us fingering and if we need to be worried about something. This relationship is secret cause we aren’t out yet and i don’t want any health problems occur from this, thanks.

This is a great question, and good job thinking about your health!

Digital penetration ( or fingering) is a pretty low risk activity in terms of STI transmission. However there are a few things to keep in mind.

If either of you happen to have an open cut or nick on your hand, that could potentially be a risk of transmitting an infection. You can choose to use latex gloves when fingering to help reduce this risk. It is also recommended to use lubrication, this would help ensure no micro tears happen in the vagina.

It is also important to know that if one of you had an infection and touched your own genitals and then touched your partner’s genitals, this could transmit sexual fluids and could be a risk of transmission. We would recommend you both get tested to ensure no infections are present, and changing gloves, or washing hands in between.

Keep in mind if you and your partner decide to do other sexual activities, like oral sex, or genital to genital contact those are also a risk of STI transmission. So again, we would recommend getting tested. If you choose to engage in oral sex, you can use a dental dam to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

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’m having trouble figuring out if I have Trichomoniasis. Can you help?

Thank you for asking!

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted parasitic infection of the vagina or penis. It is spread through vaginal fluids or semen.

Symptoms can be more noticeable in the vagina than the penis, but both are at risk for contracting and transmitting the infection. Symptoms include a green, frothy discharge with a fishy odor coming from the penis or vagina.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have the infection is to get tested.  Remember it is a curable infection. So if someone were to test positive, they can take medication to get rid of the parasite.

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