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I experienced cold sores as a child but haven’t had a cold sore in twenty years. My partner has hsv2. If I perform oral sex on him, will I contract oral hav2?
Hi, thanks for your question. Cold sores are very common and this means you have been exposed to herpes and so have some antibodies in your immune system that can help protect you against getting another type of herpes. HSV type 1 is commonly found both around the mouth and on the genitals. HSV 2 can commonly be found around the genitals but can also be around the mouth as well. If your... Read Full Answer
Hi me and my gf tested positive for Chlamydia and we were both given Azithromycin. It's been 7 days but I'm still experiencing a little bit of clear discharge from my penis. Is it okay for us to have sex or should I wait until the discharge is gone?
Hi, and thanks for your question. As long as you both took the Azithromycin and waited for 7 days, you should be fine to resume having sex. It can take a bit of time for discharge to clear completely, but the infection itself will be gone. If the discharge doesn’t clear completely in the next couple of weeks, you might want to see your testing provider for further assessment and follow up Let... Read Full Answer
According to many sources it is possible for a man receiving oral to contract chlamydia or gonorrhea. But how can that happen since a) both STIs are fluid-borne and b) neither Chlamydia Trachomatis nor Neisseria Gonorrhoeae are present in saliva or blood* (the only secretions that may come out of a mouth during oral)? * According to your “STIs at a glance” chart, the bacteria causing these two STIs are only present in semen, vaginal fluids and rectal fluids.
Hi, and thanks for your question. You are right that chlamydia and gonorrhea are not present in saliva or blood and are therefore not passed this way. However, it is possible for gonorrhea and less commonly chlamydia to grow in a person’s throat. If an individual gives oral sex to a person with a penis which happens to have either gonorrhea or chlamydia, that infection can be passed via the... Read Full Answer
Can any of STIs be transmitted in other than sexual way? For example through blood to blood contact (probably syphilis can?) or with contact of wound with semen etc.?
Hi, and thank you for your question When we talk about infections being “sexually transmitted” we mean that these infections are typically passed from one person to another during some form of sexual contact. This means that these infections are not generally passed through casual human contact such as shaking hands or hugging. However, each infection does have its mode of transmission, or... Read Full Answer
Can one contact STD from toilet or partner?
Hi, and thank you for your question We do not know of anyone getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from toilet seats or toilet water. You do not need to worry about getting an STI this way. STIs are spread directly from person to person during oral, anal or vaginal sex. For more information about different STIs and how they are passed from person to person, have a look at our Know... Read Full Answer