STDs

What are the steps that I should take to have safe sex and to not worry about STDs and pregnancy?

Condom use is recommended every time you have sex if you want to protect yourself from STIs (sexually transmitted infections, same as STDs, sexually transmitted diseases) .  This includes protection against Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis B and C, HPV and HIV/AIDS .

To prevent unplanned pregnancy there are many forms of birth control available. Please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or your health care provider to see what method is best for you.

In the state of Michigan you can receive sexual health services without parent consent if you are 12 years old or older. Corner also has condoms available for free at the front desk!  

 

I am really worried: 3 days ago a guy I just met gave me oral sex and fingered me for the first time in my life without any protection , but I didn't realize he had a wart on his finger and red eyes, so I'm really worried because of HPV. I'm not sure if he is seeing other people but that was my first sexual encounter, and I'm also worried about getting pregnant. We didn't have penetration but we were naked and his penis was near my tights and was really wet. Please help me I'm really worried about an STD.

I'm sorry you are in this upsetting situation. Thank you for asking us about your fears.

Generally, the warts on someone's fingers are different than the HPV wart.  Also you would have a very low risk of an sti considering there was not direct contact.  I would suggest you schedule an appointment here at the Corner for confidential testing and to receive the HPV vaccine that will prevent HPV in the future and to discuss all of your sexual health needs, such as birth control for the future. And don't worry, even if are under 18 you do not need parental consent to get these services. 

 

Do I have herpes simplex? First, some background. I have been seeing someone for a while, and we have been having protected sex for quite some time. Both of us only ever had one previous partner, and both previous partners say they were tested and were clean. In addition to this, neither of us have ever experienced symptoms of herpes, both types 1 and 2. Absolutely none. So around 2-3 weeks ago, we decided to have unprotected sex. Some more background: at the time, I had just finished a course of antibiotics for a sinus infection (and no I was not on contraceptives of any kind). I had also shaved my genitals rather aggressively a few days prior (against the grain, for that "smooth" feeling), after shaving them once already in the previous three or four days, and we had sex almost immediately after this. Additionally, the place I live in gets hot, and we had been teaching rigorous dances to people for at least three hours every single day - during which time I would often be dressed in clothing that fit quite tightly around my genital area. A few days after starting this pattern of unprotected sex, I noticed it was starting to get rather painful down there - which I first attributed to "overuse". Then, I suddenly noticed it was getting a bit sore over the areas I had shaved. Upon closer inspection, I noticed small red bumps, much like ingrown hairs, forming around my labia. These bumps didn't occur anywhere except where hair was growing, and were really sore to touch. I also experienced a burning sensation when I urinated, even after taking reasonable precautions against UTIs (urinating before and after sex). So I decided maybe a trip to the gynea was a good idea. I went in, did a pap smear and so on, and he gave me three options: a) It's a combination of folliculitis and thrush (from antibiotics), b) it's ingrowns and thrush, or c) it's herpes. So he prescribed some meds for thrush and sent me on my merry way. After taking the meds and using some antifungal cream, the vaginal pain and burning while urinating both went away. However, a week and a half after they appeared, the bumps have still not gone away. They are fading, yes, but they are still sensitive to touch. My partner took a look at them when we first saw them, attacking them with a (sterilised) pair of tweezers to see if he could find ingrowns. After some vicious exfoliation and constant harassment on my part, the sores became open, almost like ulcers. The thing that stopped me from being too worried is that the treatment for thrush worked almost immediately with the other pain, and that the sores never turned into blisters - they just kind of hurt a lot, and now are just a bit itchy. Then today I got a call from the gynea. He told me they found symptoms that COULD suggest herpes simplex on my cervix. I asked if there was any way to make a solid conclusion, but he told me a blood test would be unreliable, and that I should just wait and see if I have another outbreak. I had a good cry session and phoned my partner after hearing this, and begged him to get tested (which he is going to do). Based on what I have described, is it possible that it is herpes simplex? Or could it just be a culmination of symptoms that looks like it but isn't? I need some ease-of-mind, desperately. Not knowing is scaring me more than a conclusive answer. I should also point out that we had oral sex, and he developed what he believes is acne (he has had skin problems before) on his chin. Not only did he do the same as me (shave twice in a short space of time and then "perform" almost directly after), but he also uses a very specific face wash, which he did not have for the period during which this "acne" appeared. He is also not accustomed to the hot environment, and we both lacked a bit on hygiene in the craziness of our schedule. He also had a swollen lymph node after a few days. His skin seems to be clearing up too though. What's stopping me from thinking either of us was a carrier, and therefore that either of us have it, is that we got these symptoms at the same time, we both never showed symptoms prior to this, and we both had the above factors to contend with. Can I get a second professional opinion on this matter?

It's hard to know exactly what's going without looking at one of the sores.  Herpes lesions have a pretty distinct appearance. You can usually make a diagnosis of herpes just by looking at the sores.  If there is any doubt, taking a swab of the fluid from one of the sores and sending it a lab for HSV testing is the best way to know for sure. Doing a blood test will tell her if someone ever had an exposure to HSV I or II.  So, that means that the test will tell you if you have ever been exposed to HSV and not necessarily if what you are currently experiencing is related to herpes.  Your doctor is right, the herpes blood test can be misleading.  If you just need piece of mind, you can ask your doctor if they will do a HSV blood test.  A better test is to have a sample collected from one of the sores.  So, your doctor is right that it might be better to see if the sores reappear. 

Until you have more answers, I suggest abstaining from oral, anal or vaginal intercourse while sores are present.  I also recommend condoms or other barriers such as dental dams for intercourse.  Focus on reducing stress and taking good care of yourself to prevent any future outbreaks. 

Also, I would ask the doctor who did you Pap test if they saw signs of HSV or HPV.   They are two different viruses and require different  follow up.

 

I accidentally put nair in my vagina, like on my clitoris and the right side of my vagina lip. It burned for a day and then the next day, it was fine. I had intercourse with my boyfriend that same week. Two days later my vagina became itchy and I rubbed it a lot with tissue and then I got blisters or sores. I went to the doctor and they said it could be chemical burn but they did other tests to make sure. The blister however burst the very next day..what could this be? My boyfriend gets regular STD tests and he had one 2 weeks before having intercourse with me and it said negative for herpes, etc. I hope I don't have anything?

It is very likely that you do have irritation going on from using the nair in combination with having intercourse (sex). However, any sort of cuts, burn, blisters or open wounds on your genitals leaves you more susceptible (more likely) to get an STD during sexual intercourse. Our skin is a protective barrier to help us not get infections. In the future, if you have an open wound on your genitals, I would avoid having sexual contact of any kind to the area until it has healed. The only way to rule out STDs is to get tested and be sure for yourself. For herpes specifically, the only way to rule that out is to get the wound cultured at your doctor. We do that testing here, so please feel free to call us to schedule our next available appointment, 734-484-3600.

 

I'm seventeen years old and have currently been on birth control for 3 years now due to spontaneous cramping. I have regular unprotected sex with my partner and I'm due for my period in 4 days. However, the past week I experienced severe cramps which lasted on and off throughout 3 days, I also had a loss of appetite for that time but that could have been due to stress/anxiety. I went to the doctor and he believed it was a bug/virus that moved from my throat to my abdomen and told me to just keep an eye on it as it sounded like it was going away. The past 4 days however, I have had an unusual amount of pure white, non-elastic discharge. I know this isn't ovulation discharge because I'm on the pill and my period is in a few days not 2 weeks. I thought the discharge would go away but it hasn't, it comes and goes but I can feel when I have just had a lot. When I began cramping (I'm not anymore) there was about 2 days where I was stressing a lot and gave myself anxiety as I thought I may have been pregnant, I've taken 2 pregnancy tests and both came up as negative, however I'm aware it may be because it's too early. Just wondering what this discharge is? -could I have given it to myself because of my previous high levels of stress and anxiety, or could I be pregnant?

Vaginal discharge can happen for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from normal vaginal discharge to a possible infection going on. If you feel your vaginal discharge has increased and changed color, it is definitely worth an appointment to have this discharge evaluated by your doctor. Given that you have been on birth control for 3 years, I don’t think you are high risk for being pregnant, unless you had missed taking a pill recently. Stress/anxiety can definitely cause a decrease in your appetite and some cramping, however, given you have concerns about changes to your vaginal discharge, I would recommend STD testing as stomach cramping can also be a sign of that type of infection. I recommend a follow-up appointment with your doctor, or you can call us 734-484-3600 to schedule an appointment with us here at the Corner.

 

Is it possible to get Chlamydia in your stomach or intestines as a result of oral sex?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that both men and women can get. It is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another during unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be passed from a mother to her baby during birth.

A Chlamydia infection can occur in the mouth, reproductive organs, urethra, or rectum. You will not get Chlamydia infection in your stomach or intestines. Even though most people have no symptoms whatsoever when they have Chlamydia, women sometimes do have pain in their lower belly or back due to a Chlamydia infection in their reproductive organs.

The only way to know if you have Chlamydia is to get tested (AKA, go to a doctor and pee in a cup!). The great news is that Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics! If left untreated, it can cause serious health issues (for example, it can leave women unable to get pregnant later in life).

Using a condom every time you have sex (and by sex, we mean vaginal, anal and oral sex!) will help you prevent getting Chlamydia. Stop by the Corner to pick up condoms for FREE!

 

I had unprotected sex the week after my period. Is there a chance that I could be pregnant?

Yes. There is always the chance that you will become pregnant when you have unprotected sex. It's important to see a health care provider (like us!) to get a prengancy test and STI tests. You can click here to make an appointment at the Corner. During that visit we can talk with you about the all the different birth control methods. We even have FREE condoms for you which are the only way to help prevent STI transmission if you are sexually active. Always remember, Safe Is Sexy!

 

Are STD and HIV tests free?

At the Corner, HIV testing is a free service. All you have to do is make an appointment with our HIV test counselor. It is also an anonymous service which means you do not have to provide any information about yourself (even your name!) to take the test and get your results.

STD testing and treatment (if needed) is like any other medical appointment at the Corner. This means there are lots of different ways to pay for the appointment including using health insurance or paying a small amount based on your income. Ultimately, we never turn anyone away if they cannot pay for care. To figure out the cost of any visit, contact us. Oh and don’t forget, STD testing and treatment is a confidential service at the Corner.

To learn more about paying for care, click here.

 

Is there any way to get STIs from giving a blow job?

Yes. Although the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during oral sex is lower than transmission through vaginal or anal sex, there are many STIs that can be passed during oral sex. For example, herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis are easily and often transmitted during oral sex. Although less common, Chlamydia, hepatitis A, hepatitis C and HIV can be passed during oral sex, too.

So what does this mean? Basically, if you are choosing to have oral sex with your partner (either male or female), you need to take steps to reduce your risk of contracting an STI. Using a barrier method (like condoms and dental dams) every time you have oral sex will help to protect you and your partner. It is also a good idea for you and your partner to regularly get tested for STIs. It's important that you are in control of your sexual behavior, so if you do not want to have oral sex (or any other kind of sex for that matter) you do not have to. Abstaining from sex is always an option and can be done even if you are no longer a virgin.

If you are sexually active (meaning you have had either vaginal, anal or oral sex) make an appointment to get tested. Often you cannot tell if you or your partner has an STI, so testing is the only way to know. STIs can cause serious health problems if left untreated, and we want you to be healthy. Like super, awesome, mountain-climbing, dancing-all-day, healthy.

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I have something white inside my vagina and inside my lips I think I see pink bumps. I googled it and I think it's genital warts. Is their anything I can do to make it go away on my own at home?

It is often a very scary moment when you discover something on yourself that was not there before. There are many possibilities of what your symptoms may be, and often "googling" can leave you with a worst case scenario. Your best bet is to schedule an appointment with one of the doctors here at the Corner to help uncover what your new symptoms may be and make a plan of how to help you feel better. And just so you know, STI testing and treatment is a confidential service at the Corner. Please do not hesitate to come and see us!

 


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