In men, we mostly diagnose HPV, when we see the warts. If we don’t see them, we don’t test for HPV on the skin.
We do know that about 90% of people will “clear” the virus within 2 years. That may mean that the virus is completely cleared from your body, or it may mean that the wart virus stays in the cells, but is dormant. The warts may never show up again, but they can also return at some future time.
Pregnancy and some illnesses can cause HPV to return, but sometimes they come back for no obvious reason.
Yes, it is possible that one or both of you could have had chlamydia and herpes simplex (HSV) for over 6 months.
Chlamydia is a common STI and many people do not notice symptoms. The only way they know they have Chlamydia is when they get tested, as you did.
Herpes is also very common. Estimates say that about 80% of people will have HSV type 1 in their lifetime; about 20% of people will have herpes in the genital area. It is quite common for people to have herpes and not know it because they do not notice symptoms.
Outbreaks come and go, and it is very possible that one, or both, of you had the virus and never noticed an outbreak before.
Sometimes the virus is on the skin when there is no sore present. This is called viral shedding and it is possible to pass herpes at this time.
It is always a good idea to get checked if you are worried about a sexual contact.
Routine STI tests in men and women usually include urine or swabs for gonorrhea and chlamydia. In women, it can also include swabs for trichomonas, yeast and bacterial vaginosis.
We check your blood for syphilis, HIV and sometimes Hepatitis A, B and C.
As for herpes, we usually only test when there are some symptoms of herpes, such as a sore on your skin. If you did get herpes, it takes around 2 – 20 days (average 6 days) for symptoms to show up.
It also takes time between when you had sex and when an infection will show up on the test. This is called a “window period”. Have a look at our chart, “STI’s at a Glance” for info on when to get tested..
If you notice any changes in your body, go for testing right away.
It’s great that you have been using condoms. When they are used correctly and they don’t break or fall off they offer good protection for many STIs.
There are some STIs, including warts, syphilis and herpes that are passed through skin to skin contact. Since condoms do not cover all skin areas, it is possible for these STIS to be passed with Russian (from behind) and ball licking.
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HIV are not passed with covered oral sex. Warts (HPV), herpes and syphilis are not commonly passed this way.
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HIV are not commonly passed with covered vaginal or anal sex. It is possible to pass warts, herpes and syphilis this way.
Viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C, could be passed when blood comes in contact with mucous membrane (rectum, urethra, vagina), open skin or sores. Blood contact with unbroken skin is not considered a risk for HIV or Hepatitis B and C. It was a good idea to wash the blood off right away.
Many times people have no symptoms, so not seeing sores does not always mean a person does not have an STI.
If you are not getting routine testing, it may be a good idea to get tested. Check out our clinic finder for a STI clinic in BC.
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When someone is coming to a clinic for a routine HIV test, we usually recommend testing at 6 weeks and 3 months. This is done because 95% of tests are accurate after 6 weeks, but it can take up to 3 months for a final result.
In your case testing is treated differently because it was an occupational exposure. This means that you come under the blood and body fluid exposure management guidelines of your employer.
The testing recommended in the blood and body fluid exposure manual is meant to cover all types of situations, and because several things are being tested at the same times.
For example, HIV testing is recommended at 9 months because the HIV window period can be affected if the person took post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to try and prevent an HIV infection. Click here for more information about PEP.
Because this is work related, I recommend that you talk with your occupational health department about your situation, and why they recommend follow up testing at 6 and 9 months.
I’m not quite sure if you are asking about routine testing or HIV window periods. Here is a bit of info on both:
When to get routine testing depends on things like whether you and your partners have other partners, whether condoms are used and how they are used. Click here for more information on when to get tested.
For HIV window periods, the virus is usually found in the blood within 3-6 weeks, but it can take up to 3 months. Click here for more information on HIV and testing.
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