Genital Warts

My boyfriend has warts in his hands, but likes to finger me. What precautions should I take? Should I let him do it, or not? Please help me! I'm really worried about an STD.

There are many types of viruses that cause warts.  Warts on the hands commonly differ from genital warts. If the wart on a person's hand is caused by a type of human papiloma virus (HPV) that can also cause genital warts, then there is a chance that skin contact could cause genital warts.

To protect yourself against the human papilloma viruses that can cause cancers, we highly recommend Gardisil, the HPV vaccine. In addition, regular pap smears after the age of 21 will screen for abnormal cell changes of the cervix which can be caused by HPV. 

Schedule an appointment at Corner Health Center to further discuss this and get your vaccine or see your regular health care provider.


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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