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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.


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 at risk for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea. If there was any penetration before the condom went on, then there is a chance you can get an STI.

Typically, symptoms caused by STIs don’t usually show-up the next day. It takes a few days to a few weeks for symptoms to start. Have you had any other unprotected sex in the last 2-6 months? If so, it is more likely that your symptoms were caused by that previous contact, and not the casual partner you had protected sex with recently.

Lastly, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can also be passed through unprotected oral sex. Did you receive any unprotected oral sex that same night/recently?

We would definitely recommend going to a see healthcare professional about your symptoms. Whether or not the symptoms are caused by an STI it’s important to get them assessed. It can be dangerous to have urinary symptoms without getting treatment, and there is a risk of infertility if the symptoms persist long enough.

For your symptoms you can go to your regular doctor, a walk-in clinic, or an STI clinic. Check out our Clinic Finder tool to find an STI clinic near you.

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on September 6, 2017

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