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Hi I have had sex with a variety of SP's over the last year,always protected. For about 6 months I have had a kind of rash on my penis. It doesn't itch and it doesn't hurt, but it is a blotchy red colour. My doctor checked it out and didn't seem to think it was of concern. He prescribed me a cream called Ketoderm, but that didn't really work so I still have it. It is a bit unsightly but doesn't affect the workings of the penis.
Hi It is difficult for us to advise you because we can't make a diagnosis online, or suggest treatment for something that we haven't seen. If we din't have the right diagnosis, we would not be giving you the best health information. I can say that based on the treatment the doctor gave you (Ketoderm) he likely suspected that the rash was fungal, also known as yeast. It can take a... Read Full Answer
If I had no symptoms 8 weeks after my one time exposure, is there any risk of herpes and HPV with receiving oral sex. Should I test for them? Because of my high anxiety I wanna know. My last test was at HIM Vancouver clinic. Is it a good clinic, and are they good in this way?
Hi The BC Centre for Disease Control nurses who work at HIM clinic specialize in HIV/STI testing and treatment. It is a reliable clinic to go to for testing. The incubation period (the time it takes for something to show up after contact) for herpes is usually 2 - 20 days, with the average time being 6 days. We most often test for herpes by taking a swab from a... Read Full Answer
Hello health nurse, I have a question regarding PEP treatment coverage in BC. Please take a look at this post: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/what-we-do/helpline/online/condom-slipped-during-vaginal-sex. The writer mentioned that PEP is covered by BC Medical. Is there such a thing? Could he mean Medical Service Plan or MSP? Is there coverage for PEP for all people in BC, assuming non-occupational?
Hi nPEP (PEP) stands for non occupational post exposure prophylaxis, which means that medication is available for some people, in some situations, after sexual contact. The nPEP project is being piloted by the BC-Centre for Excellence for 18 months. It is supported by Pharmacare, which means if you qualify for nPEP your treatment is paid for. I think that is what they were... Read Full Answer
What is more reliable for STI testing - an STI clinic or a family doctor?
Hi Both a family doctor and an STI clinic are reliable places to go for testing. A family doctor is able to order the same tests that you would get at an STI clinic. The important thing would be to choose a place where you are comfortable talking about your sexual history. This helps your health care provider decide what tests are best for you. You might want to print out and ... Read Full Answer
Hello. Recently I had protected sex with a sex worker whose HIV status is unknown. After a while, I took my penis out and started to masturbate with the condom on. My hands were exposed to her vaginal fluid. I took off the condom, started to masturbate again and eventually ejaculated.Then I wipe my semen in my urethra using the same hand. Is it possible for HIV to transmit via my hand which contacted her vag.fluid into my urethra?
Hi While it may be possible to pass HIV from your hand to your urethra, it would not be an easy or common way to get HIV. HIV is in vaginal fluid (if your partner has HIV) but it dies quickly once it is out of the body and exposed to air. Overall, the chances of getting HIV this way would be low. But, if this is worrying you it might be a good idea to go for STI/HIV testing. Routine ... Read Full Answer