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I was treated for Chlamydia almost two weeks ago and the smell is still there.. Is this normal?

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.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.

If you are still experiencing symptoms it is encouraged to come back to see a medical provider. It is possible that something else may be going on, or you may need to get retreated

If you want to do this at Teen Clinic you can definitely call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment.

Do you have to make an appointment for STI testing?

Yes, to get tested for STIs someone would need to make an appointment.

At Teen Clinic, teens can walk-in for:

  • Emergency Contraception  (this will be $20 if you have never been a patient, and free or low cost if you are an existing patient with us)
  • Birth control refills (with an existing prescription)
  • Condoms and dental dams
  • Answers to your questions

All of our other services (like STI testing) require an appointment!

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

Can I take a pregnancy test at this clinic for free ?

Great question!

Someone would need to make an appointment to take a pregnancy test at Teen Clinic.  If someone is 17 and under all of our services are free. If someone is 18 or 19 they could take a pregnancy for either free or low cost.  Teen Clinic also accepts insurance but it is not required.

You can call 303-442-5160 to make an appointment to take a pregnancy test.  They can also give you an exact estimate on how much your visit would cost over the phone.

I had sex Thursday and lately it has been hurting to pee. By the way I started my period. Should I go to the doctor?

Burning with urination could be a sign an infection. Some people with a vagina may experience yeast or bacterial vaginitis that can cause burning with urination. Burning with urination can also be a symptom of some sexually transmitted infections.

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.

STIs can be transmitted through oral sex, anal sex, and vaginal sex. Many people think that oral sex poses no risk of STI transmission. But the fact is, you can get all but two STIs (except for pubic lice and Trichomoniasis) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection.

But the good news is that there are ways to reduce the risk of STI transmission! 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.

It is important to be seen by a medical professional if you are having continuous burning with urination. Call our Teen Clinic to make an appointment, we are always here for you! 303-442-5160

 

What are the risks of giving oral? What are some signs and symptoms of having an infection?

Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal penetration, there is little to no risk. 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)
  • Mother to child

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!

It is important to know that even though you can get an STI from oral sex, a lot of the time STIs don’t show symptoms.  The only way to know for someone to know for sure if they have an STI is to get tested. Teen Clinic offers many different types of STI tests, including blood tests and urine tests. If you have any more questions about STIs or the Teen Clinic call us at 303-442-5160.

I just recently had oral sex with my boyfriend and now the right side of my vagina itches…

…The other day I experienced white discharge. Now that this has happened I’m afraid I might have something. I’m so worried and this happened only 3 days ago (the oral sex). Can issues show up that quickly?

Although these can be symptoms of an STI (or sexually transmitted infection), these can also be symptoms of something totally different, like a skin irritation. Before we jump to a conclusion about either one, let’s talk about oral sex and it’s relationship to STIs.

Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal or anal penetration, there is little to no risk. But the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice) 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)
  • Mother to child

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!

It may be a great idea that you get tested. Most STIs are asymptomatic, meaning that there are no symptoms but that the STI is still causing harm to the body. Because of this, getting tested on a regular basis is a great way to ensure that you’re healthy.

If someone does have symptoms, it’s hard to say when or how they would show up– this depends on that specific person. Depending on what type of STI test someone is getting, the test would usually show accurate results 2 weeks after a potential exposure.

Teen Clinic provides free or low-cost and confidential STI testing, most of which are very simple and painless tests! Remember that flavored condoms and dental dams are effective methods for reducing the transmission of STIs during oral sex! Until you are tested and potentially treated, abstain for sexual activity or use condoms and dental dams.

Give us a call to get more information and/or to make an appointment! 303-442-5160.

I’ve had unprotected sex three times, with three different guys who are all clean of STDs. Is there a chance that I could still have an STD? I’m on the Nexplanon also.

An STD or STI stands for sexually transmitted disease or infection. Teen Clinic, however, chooses to use the word infection instead of disease. The term disease can imply a clear medical problem with obvious signs or symptoms, but most sexually transmitted infections have no signs or symptoms, so we prefer the word infection.

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Skin to skin contact

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. Although STIs can be common, remember that they are preventable!

STIs can be transmitted through oral sex, anal sex, and vaginal sex. Many people think that with oral sex, there is little to no risk. But the fact is, you can get all STIs (except for pubic lice) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection.

It’s important to know though that 75% of people with vaginas and 50% of people with penises show no symptoms of the most common infections! So even if you or your partners don’t have any symptoms of an infection, it’s still a good idea to get tested periodically.  Some people get tested every time they have a new partner, every 6 months, or even once a year based on their risk factors. You can test for STIs 14 days after sex to get an accurate result.

Furthermore, most of the time when people have routine STI testing, they are only tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. For STIs like Herpes, HPV, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis, or Pubic Lice, tests are often only performed if symptoms are present- but when the STI is still transferable to other people. So if someone has “gotten tested,” it may not mean what you think.

Because of this, even if someone has said they’ve been tested, you can still be at risk of contracting an STI if you are having unprotected sex.

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!

Female (or internal) condoms and male (or external) condoms will also help reduce STI transmission during anal or vaginal sex.

If you are engaging in any sexual activity where sperm may come in contact with the vagina, in addition to the possibility of contracting an STI, there is also risk of pregnancy when having unprotected sex. Because both the risk of contracting an STI and/or pregnancy are so high, it’s important to use a condom correctly, consistently, and 100% of the time! Because you are on the Nexplanon, you will be up to 99.9% protected from pregnancy!

Remember that the only 100% way to prevent STIs and pregnancy is to practice abstinence. Teen Clinic defines abstinence as refraining from oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

But for someone who is choosing not to practice abstinence, condoms, dental dams, and getting testing regularly will drastically reduce the risk of STI transmission.

To make an appointment at Teen Clinic or to get tested, give us a call the day before you’d like to come in.  All services are either free or low-cost.

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!

What are the top three ways to prevent getting an STI?

First of all, great job taking charge of your sexual health and getting important information!

STI stands for sexually transmitted infection. Teen Clinic chooses to use the word infection instead of disease. The term disease can imply a clear medical problem with obvious signs or symptoms. However, most sexually transmitted infections have no signs or symptoms, so we prefer the word infection.

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Skin to skin contact

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. Although STIs can be common, remember that they are preventable!

STIs can be transmitted through oral sex, anal sex, and vaginal sex. Many people think that because oral sex isn’t necessarily penetration, there is little to no risk. But the fact is, you can get all STIs (except for pubic lice) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection.

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!

Female (or internal) condoms and male (or external) condoms will also help reduce STI transmission during anal or vaginal sex.

If you are engaging in any sexual activity where sperm may come in contact with the vagina, in addition to the possibility of contracting an STI, there is also risk of pregnancy when having unprotected sex. Because both the risk of contracting an STI and/or pregnancy are so high, it’s important to use a condom correctly, consistently, and 100% of the time!

It’s important to know though that 75% of people with vaginas and 50% of people with penises show no symptoms of the most common infections! So even if you or your partners don’t have any symptoms of an infection, it’s still a good idea to get tested periodically.  Some people get tested every time they have a new partner, every 6 months, or even once a year based on their risk factors. You can test for STIs 14 days after sex to get an accurate result.

Remember that the only 100% way to prevent STIs and pregnancy is to practice abstinence. Teen Clinic defines abstinence as refraining from oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

But for someone who is choosing not to practice abstinence, condoms, dental dams, and getting testing regularly will drastically reduce the risk of STI transmission.

To make an appointment at Teen Clinic or to get tested, give us a call the day before you’d like to come in.  All services are either free or low-cost to those under 20.