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Hi, My partner and I are deciding whether or not unprotected sex might be an option for us. We are both up to date on usual STI tests and I use a copper IUD as contraceptive. However, in the past we have both had unprotected sex so technically speaking, we could have been exposed to HPV. Knowing this, should I change how regularly I get my Pap test done? For that matter, does having multiple partners change how frequently you should get pap smears? Thanks!
Hi, and thanks for your question You do not need to increase or change how frequently you get PAP screening done. The BC Cancer Agency sets these guidelines based on the current research and best practice. Their recommendation currently is for screening every 3 years after the age of 25. If they find anything unusual or atypical on a PAP test, they will make a recommendation for more frequent... Read Full Answer
Hi, I have a concern regarding getting HIV. I had unprotected oral sex about a week back with a sex worker, who has been in this profession for a few years and is well-reviewed. I am freaking out now about getting HIV. Can you please advise what are the chances of getting HIV after receiving unprotected oral sex and when should I get tested (3 weeks i guess)? I did not have any sores on my genitals, and apparently she did not have any ulcers, wounds etc in her mouth, but of course, I am not...
Hi, and thank you for your question The chance of getting HIV from oral sex is extremely low as indicated in our Know Your Chances charts and on our HIV and AIDS information page. If you are sexually active, we recommend getting tested routinely (every 6-12 months) for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. The best time to test for HIV is... Read Full Answer
I had unprotected sex with a women (I am a male) and was contacted by her the next day - and she informed me she had chlamydia. I immediately went to a walk-in clinic and was informed that it could take about 72 hours to show up on the current STI tests. The doctor said that since I had been exposed to Chlamydia and couldn’t get checked within the following few days-week he would treat me and then I was to go and get checked after. I was treated with 1G azithromycin approximately 36 hours after...
Hello and thank you for your question. That is great that you went directly to a clinic for treatment once you were named as a contact to a case of Chlamydia. It is true that if it was only 36 hours after the potential exposure it would have likely been too early for the Chlamydia to show up positive on an STI test as the test is checking for your body’s antibody response to the bacteria... Read Full Answer
I had an encounter with a female sex worker in which she gave me oral sex with a condom. We did not change condoms when having vaginal sex. I did not ejaculate and stopped in the middle when common sense finally kicked in. Is this high risk behaviour for catching HIV and should I be considering going on PEP?
Hi, and thanks for your question The risk of HIV transmission to the male partner from the type of encounter you have described is extremely low. We would not recommend HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in this instance. In addition to the encounter being considered extremely low risk, the risk of potential side effects and harm from the PEP medication would far outweigh any potential... Read Full Answer
Can I get hiv while rubbing my genital with someone else while wearing thin clothing? The other person was also wearing underwear.
Hello, and thank you for your question. HIV is transmitted through blood and body fluids, and cannot be passed through casual contact, skin to skin contact, or through clothing. For more information on a variety of sexually transmitted infections please visit STIs at a Glance or for info about transmission risk check out Know your Chances. Please let us know if this does not answer your... Read Full Answer