Archive for STI

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!

I’m a queer girl, and in my school we have no queer sex ed….

…..During sex/sexual activities, would my girlfriend and/or I have to wear protection against STIs?

Thanks for asking this!

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 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, STIs are a risk regardless of what kind of sex is occurring. Here are some ways to help reduce the risk:

If people are engaging in digital (or finger) play, they can use gloves to help reduce the risk of any infections.

Using dental dams during oral sex on either the vagina or anus can help reduce the risk of STIs being transmitted to and from the mouth and throat. If people don’t have access to dental dams, they can cut a condom open flat and it’s just as effective.

If sex toys are being used, an option is to put condoms on the sex toy and change the condoms in between partners and/or in between each sexual activity.  Or, thoroughly washing the sex toy in between.

Also as a general rule, someone should never reuse a barrier method like a glove, dental dam, or condom.

Lastly, its 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 to get tested, give us a call at 303-442-5160. You can also walk in to pick up condoms, lube, and dental dams.

 

Does vaginal secretion pass the STI without skin to skin contact?

It depends! Some STIs are transmitted through sexual fluids (semen or vaginal fluids) and some STIs are transmitted through skin to skin (penis, anus, vagina, mouth/throat) contact.

STIs that can be transmitted through sexual fluids are:

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

HIV

Trichomoniasis

So for these STIs to be transmitted, the sexual fluids would need to make contact with the mucus membrane (penis, anus vagina, mouth/throat).

STIs that can be transmitted through skin to skin contact are:

HPV

Syphilis

Pubic Lice

Herpes

So for these STIs to be transmitted, there needs to be direct skin to skin (penis, anus, vagina, mouth/throat) contact.

 

Things like condoms and dental dams can help people reduce the risk of STIs during sexual contact.

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

 

 

Can I pass chlamydia to someone if we had unprotected sex once?

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vaginapenisanus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

So if someone had sexual contact with someone who had Chlamydia, even if it was only once, there is a chance of transmission.

If someone thinks they have come into contact with Chlamydia or other STIs, they should make an appointment to get tested. If you want to make an appointment with us you can call us at 303-442-5160

Do they test for every STI in one go ?

Good question!

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 they are transmitted through..

  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin 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.

At a checkup, they aren’t going to test automatically for all STIs. It’s also important to know that not all STIs are tested for the same way. For example STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be tested through a urine sample.  And STIs like HIVSyphilis, an Hepatitis B can be tested through a blood sample.  It would be important to have a conversation with  your clinician if you were interested in getting tested, and to discuss what tests to get done.

If you want to make an appointment for testing,you can call us at 303-442-5160