Archive for STI

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!

 

 

If I have head lice can it travel to my vaginal hair?…..

 …..If so should I shave the hair so it doesn’t?

Great question!

Pubic Lice are parasites that can be sexually transmitted. Pubic Lice are transmitted through direct skin to skin contact. Pubic Lice are only found on the genital area, but can be transmitted through indirect skin contact by sharing wet, used towels or loofa sponges. Using a condom during sexual contact can reduce the chance of transmission.

It is important to know that head lice and pubic lice are different. While they are both types of lice, they want to live and stay in their respective areas.

Head lice will only live and stay in the head hair follicle, and pubic lice want to stay in the pubic hair follicle. So, these different types of lice will not travel or transmit to the other part of the body.

Pubic Lice are cured with medicated  shampoo.  Shaving or waxing will NOT cure pubic lice. Because the lice live in the hair follicles, even if the hair is removed the lice can continue to live.

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

Is Genital Warts considered Hepatitis B?

Thanks for asking! Lets clear some things up.

Genital Warts and Hepatitis B are actually two different types of Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

Genital Warts is caused by an STI called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  HPV is a viral STI that is transmitted through skin to skin contact. HPV can cause Genital Warts (low risk strains) or can lead to cancer (high risk strains) in the genital, anal, or throat area. There is a vaccine for HPV that protects against  strains that cause most genital warts and cervical cancers, as well as other cancers.

Hepatitis B is a different viral STI. The Hepatitis B Virus affects liver health.  There are different types of Hepatitis. There are Hepatitis A, B, and C.  Hepatitis B is the only one that is considered an STI. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. Hepatitis B is not curable but it is treatable.  Treatment for Hepatitis B varies on case and severity.  However,  Hepatitis B has a vaccine to prevent the virus – most people in the USA receive the vaccine as infants.

Hopefully that clears up some information for you! Remember, using condoms and dental dams during sexual contact can help people reduce their risk of transmission.

If you would like to make an appointment with us, 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 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!