On the last 6 months I had sex with my ex boyfriend and now with my new boyfriend,we are really careful and are on birth control, I want to know if we should take any tests to make sure we are healthy concerning our sex life and also me as a woman what tests should I take just to be sure.

You and your new boyfriend should schedule appointments to both be tested for STIs.  Testing includes urine test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia and blood test for HIV, syphillis and hepatitis.  Using condoms will prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. 

I recently did anal masturbation (solo) buy using an object to go into my anus. After said situation, I realized I was bleeding and am a little sore. I was wondering if I am at risk to HIV now, can you help me? (I am a male)

If the object used had not been in contact with anyone else then you are not at risk of HIV.  HIV is transmitted via body fluids, so if the object was not in contact with anyone else's body fluid there is no risk. 

Sounds like you may have a rectal tear.  If your symptoms do not go away , please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or with your own health care provider.

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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How much does STI testing & treatment cost?

The cost of any visit to the Corner depends on your health insurance status and/or income.

Generally, an appointment for STI testing ranges from $5 - $12, and an appointment with our HIV test counslor is free. To figure out the cost for your care, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our receptionist will explain what you should expect to pay and tell you what information you should bring to the visit--like insurance cards or proof of income.

Remember: we will not turn you away if you are unable to pay. We want to make sure you get the care you need regardless of your health insurance status or ability to pay for care.

For more information on paying for care at the Corner, click here.

For more information on STI Testing and Treatment, click here.


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