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I had a protected sex with a casual partner and on the next day I had burning sensation and difficult to peeing with frequent urination. I am a male and worried if there is any chance of getting STI from this act.
Hi, Thanks for writing. Burning when you pee and frequent urination can be signs of an STI. The most common STIs to cause those symptoms are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. However, condoms protect against Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. So, if the condom was on your penis before any penetration, and it didn’t break during sex, and the condom was still on your penis when you withdrew, then you would not be... Read Full Answer
What do I need to do to get a condom from a youth clinic and how?
Hi, Thanks for writing. Condoms are available for free at youth clinics, STI clinics, and at many major health centres. These condoms can be accessed simply by walking in and taking the condom(s). Free condoms at clinics are usually located in a bowl near the entrance or front-desk where they can be easily picked-up by anyone visiting the clinic. If you cannot see where the condoms are located... Read Full Answer
Hello, please help with my doubts. I received unprotected oral sex from a sex worker. My girlfriend was out of the country at the time, I was weak and stupid. Although it seems to be low risk, I have a 4th generation test at 16 days after my contact, a 3rd generation test at 35 days and another 3rd generation test at 41 days, all of them negative. Just the idea of being infected with HIV has me deeply troubled, depressed, stressed and worried. I have even thought of having a 4th generation test...
Hi, We do not see HIV passed through oral sex, with or without a condom. See our Know Your Chances – Oral Sex for risks associated with oral sex. Regarding your testing, you’re correct that different HIV tests have different window periods. In order for your test results to be accurate you need to be past the window period for the test. The 3rd and 4th generation HIV tests would give you a... Read Full Answer
Hello, About 2 and a half years ago there could have been a possible, however not likely because i used protection, STD transmission. I know symptoms for an STD are generally undetectable, and I sure haven't come across any. My question is, would I eventually begin to feel and notice symptoms after this long of a period? Is there a time frame where you just know you couldn't possibly have an STD due to no symptoms showing up after so long? Does this time frame exist and is it a natural way...
Hi, Thanks for writing. Unfortunately, the only way to know if you have an STD (or not) is to get tested. Like you mentioned, some STDs don’t create any symptoms, and it’s not possible to tell if someone has an STD based on the presence or absence of symptoms. Further, there is no timeframe by which we can say a person would have either cleared, or become aware of having, an STD. We know that... Read Full Answer
I am an older female with both HSV1 (mouth) and HSV2 (genital). I recently started seeing an older man who has had cold sores (and therefore presumably has HSV1), and also definitely has HSV2. I had a cold sore outbreak on my mouth, for which I took Valtrex (1000 mg. 12 hours apart); I did not mention this to him, as I figured the dose would address the issue. About 2 days later, I gave him oral sex, which irritated the remainder of the oral cold sore I had, and caused me to tell him about...
Hello, Thanks for writing, and sorry to hear about your stressful situation. Herpes can be very frustrating and confusing for a lot of people, however no one should ever be made to feel untouchable. You’re correct that once someone has been exposed to HSV type 1 or 2 it's unlikely for them to develop a new infection on a different part of the body. Once someone is exposed to HSV type 1 or 2... Read Full Answer