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How can I have HPV? I only had sex with one person!”

It’s a question doctors hear all the time. Patients have a hard time handling the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), especially if it’s a viral STD that they will have for life. With these there’s no turning back. There are so many myths about the transmission of STDs. Here are just ten of the STD myths that you should be aware of.

Myth #1: I can’t get a STD from oral sex.

Newsflash…YOU CAN. STDs can be transferred by skin-to-skin contact, genital-to-genital contact and oral-to-genital contact. If you question whether you have an STD, you need to tell your doctor what kind of sex you are having (oral, anal or vaginal). Your doctor would need to test each area separately depending on the type of sex you’re having with your partner.

Myth #2: Using a condom protects against STDs.

Nope. Since herpes sores and genital warts can spread beyond the coverage that a condom provides, both diseases can be still be transmitted even when a condom is worn. Another word of advice; don’t substitute plastic wrap for a condom. It won’t work, trust us.

Myth #3: Two condoms are always better than one.

Sounds about right….NOT. If one condom is not enough to prevent the transfer of some STDs it’s logical to think that doubling up would provide STD protection, right? Negative. It is never recommended to wear more than one condom at a time.

Myth #4: Taking a birth control pill protects against STDs.

Totally false. No contraceptive pill is going to prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases.

Myth #5: I will be able to tell whether my partner has a STD.

You CANNOT tell by simply looking at a person whether they have a STD. The truth is that some STDs, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia can be completely silent, meaning that there aren’t any telltale symptoms. The only way to know for sure that someone does not have a STD would be STD testing.

Myth #6: The chlorine in a hot tub kills semen and prevents transfer of STDs.

FALSE. Although chlorine smells like a disinfectant, it isn’t. Which means, it does NOT kill bacteria that could cause the transfer of a sexually transmitted disease (bacterial or viral). It also does NOT kill sperm on their journey towards conception.

Myth #7: I’ve only had sex with one person so there’s no way I could have gotten an STD.

Think so, huh? Did you know that if you have sex with ONE person who has only had ONE other sexual partner, you have up to an 84% chance of getting HPV (genital warts)? What do you think happens to that percentage if you and/or your partner has had multiple sexual partners? Plus, remember that HPV can be transferred through oral contact with or without fluid exchange.

Myth #8: I’ve only had 4 sexual partners and I plan on staying with my current partner so I don’t need to worry about getting tested.

Wrong…check out the sexual exposure chart below! If you’ve had 4 sexual partners, and they’ve had 4 partners, in reality you’ve really been exposed to 15 people. So now what do you think about getting tested? No matter how many sexual partners you’ve had, it’s always recommended to get tested for STDs, especially if you are making the choice to continue being sexually active.

(Source: http://www.decisionschoicesandoptions.org/abstinence.html)

Myth #9: I’ve been sexually active with multiple partners for several years…I would know by now if I had a STD.

You may THINK you are in the clear BUT…the truth is that many STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, can be asymptomatic (silent) especially in women. Men are going to be aware of a bacterial infection but women may not know that they have gonorrhea for several years. By the time they get the diagnosis, it may be when they are ready to settle down and have a family and they may have to face the possibility of being infertile.

Men can often be the carriers of some high risk HPV that can cause cervical cancer in women. Men, do you really want to settle down with the woman of your dreams only to find out that she is facing a diagnosis of cervical cancer due to the fact that you were carrying HPV and didn’t even know it?

Myth #10: I can’t have two STDs at once.

WRONG. You can definitely have more than one STD at a time. When doctors test for chlamydia they often test for gonorrhea as well because these two bacterial infections can frequently go hand in hand. There can also be several other combinations of STDs such as HPV and herpes.

We hope that these facts have been helpful for you and that you will get tested if you’ve been sexually active. As you can see, it doesn’t matter what kind of sex you’ve had, whether it’s been once or 25 times, or with one or several partners…you are at risk of receiving or transmitting a sexually transmitted disease.

And even more, we hope that you will consider your future. The best prevention is to have a mutually monogamous marriage relationship; ONE partner for life.

Is there another myth out there that we didn’t cover?

Have a question? Leave a comment below!

There are 96 comments .

layla —

I had sex with a guy and we used a condom ..but i gave him oral with out one and noticed he had bumps …he said it was jock itch and he was embarrassed so i quickly stopped but we put a condom on and had sex…a few days later he comes from the doc and says he has HPV..Now im sure I have it ,…im so scared I cry Im going crazy …I have a child and im scared can my child get it?? also if i get the vaccine now not knowing if i have it or not would it help?

PLEASE help email or anything please

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    CollageCenter

    We’re glad you contacted us and we’ll sure try to help. Although we don’t do STD testing at our clinic, our medical director, Dr. Michele Krieger has reviewed your questions.

    Concerning your first question about whether you should worry about your child contracting HPV, Dr. Michele said that HPV is spreadthrough intimate contact. Normal touching and play activity with yourchild does not put your child at risk of HPV. Babies born to mothers with HPV have a rare risk of obtaining HPV related disease along their vocal cords, but this is very rare.

    In response to your second question about whether you should get the HPV vaccine she said that the HPV vaccine is recommended for women and girls between the ages of 9 and 26. It is best to get the vaccinebefore initiating sexual contact since that gives the most protection against the virus. It is still recommended to have the vaccine if you are theappropriate age and have had sexual contact. The vaccine will not be as protective to the person, but can still be helpful. The vaccine is now recommended for boys and men in the same age group.

    We understand that this is a very personal topic and we hope that Dr. Michele’s above responses have helped answer your questions. Additionally, we highly recommend that you consider contacting your family physician about STD testing to confirm if you did in fact contract HPV.

    We would be glad to provide a free pregnancy test if you think there is a chance you could be pregnant. Let us know if there is anything more we can do to help you.

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Michelle —

Thank you for this info site. It helps us see our culture of promiscuity lies to us. Our parents/grandparents got the best advice and lived it: wait until after marriage to give your body to another. They were healthier in body, mind, and soul . . . and divorce was very rare. Here’s to the New Sexual Revolution: after marriage = true love, health, and lasting happiness!

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anonymous —

Can woman transfer gonorreah and chlamydia to men?

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anonymous —

If a girl has genital warts but is not having an outbreak neither in the mouth nor the genital area, can it still be transferred if the girl gave oral sex to a guy?

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anonymous —

Me and my fiance’ has only been sexually active with each other, and we’re both virgins when we started having sex. Can we still have or get a STD?

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    CollageCenter

    You need to consider what other types of sexual contact you’ve had with other partners. This would include hand to genital contact, oral contact along with penile/vaginal penetration. We would suggest contacting your family physician to discuss getting tested. Thanks for your question!

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Kit —

Hi,

My partner and I have been sexually active for the past 2 years. We haven’t had sex with anyone else but each other. However we both have kissed only one other person other than each other. Is it possible that we may have an STD? Also, my period this month was abnormally very painful, what may have caused this?

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    CollageCenter

    Great questions! We really appreciate you taking the time to submit your questions! Because there are STDs that can be transmitted orally, there is a chance of having an STD such as herpes which can be transmitted orally even if the other person does not have any symptoms at the time of contact. As far as your question about your painful period, we would suggest contacting your family physician about that.

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Anonymous —

I hear people say cold sores on the mouth is a type of STD.
Should you not kiss someone when you have a cold sore?
Is that true?

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VIVIENNE —

i have an STI but my boyfreind doesnt have it,and his the only guy i’ve ever slept with,where could i have gotten it from? an what sort STI IS IT? cause i have warts on my vagina,yellowish discharge,i had back pains,burns and was itchy.

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    CollageCenter

    VIVIENNE – Hi! Sexual contact is not always required for someone to get a sexually transmitted infection. Herpes and Hepatitis B, for example, can be spread through non-sexual contact. Genital warts are typically associated with the sexually transmitted disease/infection called human papilloma virus or HPV. Diagnoses of specific diseases/infections should only be obtained through a licensed clinician such as your primary health care provider.

    Because of the symptoms you were having, it is very important for you to see a licensed clinician and get testing and treatment. You and your health are worth it! We hope this information answers the questions you had, but if it doesn’t or if something doesn’t quite make sense, please don’t hesitate to email or call us again. We are confident that it won’t take us so long to respond next time!

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kay —

I was diagnosed with gonorrhea by my obgyne but I haven’t been sexually active in over six years. How is this possible?

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    CollageCenter

    Kay – Hi! We haven’t forgotten about you! Thanks for reaching out. Sorry it took so long for us to get back to you! By now, maybe you’ve had your questions answered. Just in case you haven’t found the answers you were looking for, I do have some information to share with you that I hope you will find helpful.
    You may have another STD/STI besides Gonorrhea that has just not been diagnosed. Several sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, syphilis and human papilloma virus (HPV) can lie dormant in the body for years. Gonorrhea typically does not lie dormant for years as it is a bacteria and not a virus. There are many differences between bacteria and viruses. If you have been given this diagnosis, it is important for your health that you have it treated. One of the tough things about Gonorrhea is that people who are infected with it don’t always know it until damage to their bodies has already occurred. Gonorrhea has several very serious complications; one is the development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which causes tubal scarring and ectopic pregnancy. Don’t wait to have this treated, get in as soon as possible to see your primary care provider. You and your health are worth it!

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Anonymous —

I get cold sores from my mother and I have a few questions
1. Is it hereditary and if my wife has children can they get it from me
2. Can they break out in the gentital areas by oral
3. does this mean I have herpies

Thanks you

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    CollageCenter

    Anonymous – Hi! We haven’t forgotten about you! Thanks for reaching out. Sorry it took so long for us to get back to you! By now, maybe you’ve had your questions answered. Just in case you haven’t gotten the answers you were looking for, I do have some information to share with you that I hope you will find helpful. I’m a nurse, so bear with me, most of us like to “talk” ☺
    It is important to understand how herpes is spread. It is spread through contact with lesions (open sores on the skin), mucous & secretions (genital or oral). This is not just referring to sexual contact. Any contact with mucous or secretions such as kissing, eating from the same utensil & using the same damp towel can spread the virus. It also spreads itself through a process called “shedding.” Shedding can happen anytime and does occur regularly with herpes infection. During shedding, the sleeping herpes virus travels to the surface of normal looking skin or skin with lesions and it leaves itself on the surface of the skin. It is not spread through your DNA (genes) and is not hereditary. It has to be passed or transmitted to another individual; it is not something people are hard-wired with at birth.
    In the past, people rarely got genital herpes through the oral route. That is no longer true. More and more, genital herpes is being caused by the virus that used to be most associated with oral herpes.
    There are a lot of tests available to determine whether or not a person has herpes and what kind of herpes they have. If you could have been exposed to the virus through the contact outlined above, it is important for you to get all the facts so you can make informed decisions about testing and treatment.
    That pretty much sums it up. We want to thank you again for taking the time to email us and trusting us enough to ask the hard questions of life. We really value that. If, after reading this, something doesn’t make sense or it brings up another question, please don’t hesitate to email or call. We are confident that it won’t take us so long to respond next time! Thanks again.

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shof —

hi i am a grl and i had just tested a week a go but i havent seen my result yet.i thnk i have herpes because i have the symptoms and i thnk my partner has it to. can we still have a normal life?i have learn through internet that the virus wont go away and the disease is not curable.does this mean every time we do sex our herpes gets worse each time?is the disease deadly?

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    CollageCenter

    shof – One of the problems with herpes is that there are often no symptoms or they are very mild symptoms that go unnoticed or are often mistaken for another illness. So, someone could be actively carrying herpes, not know and then go on to infect others. When symptoms do appear, herpes will show up as a blister or group of blisters (also known as vesicles) around the mouth, genitals or rectum. The blisters usually take about 4 days to appear after an exposure. Then the blisters break open, leaving painful ulcers that remain for 2-4 weeks. They usually heal without leaving scars. This process is referred to as “an outbreak.” The first outbreak is usually worse than later ones. Also, repeat outbreaks are very common during the first year of infection. As time passes, the frequency and severity of outbreaks usually lessens (this is not true for people who already have a weakened immune system, such as those who are HIV positive, the very elderly and children).
    Herpes is not curable. Once a person has it, they have it. Herpes lives in the nerves and can travel along the nerve pathways in the body and show up on other parts of the body such as the eyes, hands, buttocks, thigh and groin. Herpes is still treatable with anti-viral medications that can be taken daily. Herpes is never gone; it just goes to sleep so to speak. The medical words for that are latent or dormant. So, if someone has herpes and it is not treated or controlled, they are really putting their partner at risk and themselves because the partner can then pass even more active infection back.
    You asked if you could have a normal life. I guess that depends on your definition of normal. **Here it is important to think of the future, which is hard to do when a person’s hormones are really singing to them!** At Collage, we know that the healthiest and best sex occurs inside the boundaries of a one man, one woman husband/wife relationship. Normal, in that sense, is being able to express the love that’s felt in that relationship anytime that couple wants to do so. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that if an infected person is having an outbreak or other symptoms of herpes are present, that person should abstain from sexual activity. It is important to know that even without symptoms a person can still infect their partners. Proper and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, however, outbreaks and thus transmission (actually passing herpes on) can occur in areas that are not covered by a condom. So think 10 years down the road…you and your hubby are really feeling the love, but wait, you’re having an outbreak. That reality is not ideal, but it would be the normal for a person with herpes.
    Herpes infection can be passed from mother to baby resulting in potential infant fatality. So, yes it can be deadly. Other rare complications from herpes include: blindness, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and inflammation of the linings of the brain (meningitis). Herpes can also cost people in their relationships because of the perceptions associated with having a sexually transmitted infection, so it is valuable to know how to communicate about herpes with your loved ones.
    Ok, that is A LOT of information, so please don’t hesitate to comment again, email, or call if you have other questions or if something just doesn’t make sense. We are confident that it won’t take us so long to respond next time!

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anonymous —

Me and my boyfriend have lost our virginities with each other, we havent had any other sexual partners, and we havent kissed anyone who has an STI either, me and my boyfriend have had sex without condoms several times, i was just wondering if we could contract an STI at all considering the above info?

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Mandy —

Is it possible if you know that you and your partner are both clean, and we have intercourse a lot that we could end up getting an STD. Even though we were both clean to begin with?

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CollageCenter

Anonymous and Mandy,

Hi from Collage :) We got your email and want you to know that you have made a good choice to reach out and get accurate information so you and your boyfriend can each take care of your own sexual health. The only way to be sure you don’t contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI) is to remain sexually pure until you are able to be in a long-term, monogamous relationship (marriage). Even though you have chosen to express yourself sexually, you both can still make a commitment toward purity going forward; this is the best way to protect your reproductive health as well as your minds and your hearts. The challenge with high school relationships is that they usually don’t last very long. At Collage, we know that the average high school relationship only lasts about 6 months. An important question you each need to ask yourselves is, do you really believe that your partner has only been sexually expressive with you? This is a really big trust issue.

At best, you are choosing to take some huge risks. Even if you don’t get pregnant, which is very possible even with protection, this is going to affect you emotionally and mentally. We want to empower you to choose the harder, better path over the easier, lesser path. If your boyfriend is not willing to honor you now, chances are that he won’t honor you later. The better question to ask yourself is what do I want out of life? Do I want… just to not get an STI or do I want something more? At Collage, we believe that you deserve the best!! The last thing I want to share with you is that we know, from evidence, that married couples, committed only to each other, who save themselves for one another, really do have the best sex. I hope this has been helpful. If something doesn’t quite make sense or it brings up other questions, please don’t hesitate to email again or call anytime! We are here for you, and we believe in you!!

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Tonio —

Myth #11 you wrote yourself: “The best prevention is to have a monogamous marriage relationship; ONE partner for life.” Marriage and monogamy are no prevention against STDs, since no one can ever be 100% sure that their spouse is really monogamous. The ONLY prevention is total abstinence: ZERO partners for life. If you think you’re protected from STDs because you’re married and monogamous, you’re only fooling yourself.

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    CollageCenter

    Tonio, thanks for your comment. We have gone back into that post to clarify that sentence to read “The best prevention is to have a mutually monogamous marriage relationship; ONE partner for life” to address your concern that while one partner can be in a monogamous relationship the other may not. This assumes that both partners have not engaged in sexual activity prior to their relationship, or that they have been tested and determined to be STD free. We hope this clarification satisfactorilly address your concerns. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

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anonymous —

My boyfriend and I lost our virginity to each other. He has only received oral sex from one other person but besides that we have not come in contact at all with anybody else sexually. He always wears a condom, however is there ever a possibility of us ever getting an STD?

Also, the other day he gave me oral sex (with no dental dam), and he had a sore in his mouth. We realized after this was a bad idea. However this isn’t the first time this has happened (he has braces so he has little cuts sometimes). Will he get any diseases from this?

Thanks!

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    CollageCenter

    Based on the information you have given, yes, it is possible that both of you could have a STD. Any sexual contact with a person that has a STD can result in contracting that disease and as we mentioned in the post, you can get an STD from oral sex (Myth #1) and condoms do not protect agains STDs (Myth #2). We don’t want to scare you, but if you want to be sure that you are both STD free, getting tested is the only way to know for sure.

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Flip —

I gave oral sex to a man 3 days ago. He call me and ask if I have any STD’s as his penis is sore. No discharge or burning when peeing. He’s really worried but I’ sure I have no STD”s Can I pass STD with oral if there are no sores on his penis or in my mouth. No semin entered my mouth and has not for many many months.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi! I’m so glad you reached out to get accurate information to protect your health. I also think it says a lot about the kind of person you are that you are inquiring on behalf of your partner as well as yourself. I appreciate that you are willing to ask personal questions for the sake of someone else and their health. At Collage, we care about you and want you to enjoy the very best life possible.

    The short answer to your question is: Yes, there is a chance you passed an STI (sexually transmitted infection) along to him, even with no sores in your mouth or on his genitals & even with no semen entering your mouth (for many, many months). The way it could have been passed is simply from your mouth to the lining of his urethra-the opening at the tip of the male penis. You mentioned that you are sure you do not have an STD. Unless you were tested before providing oral sex to this man and were free of all 25 or more STIs out there (the number varies slightly depending on how ‘STI’ is defined) how can you be sure you do not have an STD/STI? Or how can he be sure? Maybe he has a sexually transmitted infection that is just now showing up in the form of soreness.

    Many of the STIs do not have symptoms. You can have one (or more), not know it, and pass it along to someone else and vice versa. So, while it seems like a good thing that he doesn’t have any discharge from his penis or burning with urination, that does not mean he does not have a sexually transmitted infection. The fact of the matter is that providing and receiving oral sex is a really risky behavior. Collage would highly recommend that you each see your Primary Care Provider and get tested for the full panel of STIs. Like I mentioned earlier, we care about you, not just your health. We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you further if that is something you might be interested in. We are open M-W 9-5 and Th 10-5. We are closed on Fridays. Thanks again for contacting Collage I hope this is helpful to you!

    Dionne Moore, RN

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jasmine Craig

Ok so on may20th,2014 I found out that I tested positive for chlamydia so ever since then I haven’t had any sexual relations until June6th,2014 we used protection and after that I haven’t done anything with no one else so I’m just wondering if I still have it if I haven’t had any sexual relations for about 8weeks now?

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    CollageCenter

    You said you had tested positive for chlamydia but you didn’t say whether you had received any treatment. Just stopping sex for a period of time does not cure the disease. Unfortunately we aren’t able to give you the answer you are looking for with the information you have provided. The only way to know for sure you are STD free would be to have another test.

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Anonymous —

Hi im here to ask if I have any stds or stis me and my boyfriend are both virgins in every way oral, dry humping and penetration but I’m scared that I might have something because I opened up to him and did oral and he has done me and dry humping and whenever he gets sun burned on his lip he gets herpes and I used to get them whenever I was stressed out or sun burned as well, but I’ve received medicine for it so I won’t have the sore…. Can he have an std even if he has been a virgin and any information you can give me with that to lighten up the situation would be great
Thanks!

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    CollageCenter

    Hi from Collage and thank you for taking the time to submit your question!

    You asked if you could have and STD or an STI and it’s important for you to know that the only sure way to know is to be tested or screened through a health clinic. Your primary care provider can also assist you with this process as well as answer any other medical questions you might have. I can share with you though some basic knowledge and facts about STDs and how they can be transmitted.
    There are STDs that can be transmitted orally; there is a chance of having an STD such as herpes that can be transmitted orally even if the other person does not have any symptoms at the time of contact.
    Cold sores on the mouth can be a symptom of herpes, which can be transmitted sexually both orally or through oral-genital or genital-genital contact. Remember that herpes can be spread even when there are no symptoms present. If you would like more information about herpes, check out http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm.
    The only way to be sure you don’t contract an STD/STI is to remain sexually pure. It is important for you to realize that sex is more than just intercourse. There are a number of people who have decided to be “technical virgins” and think they will still be healthy. They’ll take part in all sorts of other behaviors, including oral contact. Taking part in sexual activity of any kind causes arousal, which makes it difficult to refrain from sexual intercourse. I want to encourage you to look at the sexual choices you’re making and ask yourself if the risks of being sexually expressive are better or worse than the benefits of sexual purity. Choosing sexual purity is not easy, especially when we live in a “hook-up” culture. However, it is possible and it starts in your heart and involves every thought, desire and action.
    We encourage you to make the best decisions for yourself that will help you reach your goals and dreams, because you deserve the best!

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Sarah lee ann —

Hello im 23 n recently found out that i have chlamydia … I’ve been with the same person for 3 years .. He swear on his son they he never stepped out in the years we have been togther… Is it possible that he or i could have had chlamydia befor we met each other years ago ? Or does it mean hes not telling the truth and been with someone else ? Can two people whos had sex with each other for over a period of time and no one else get an STD ?? HELPPP plzzzz

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Sarah, Sounds like you’ve got a lot of things that you’re thinking through. We’ll sure do our best to help.
    First, it’s important you know that anyone who has sex can get chlamydia through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. So that means, if you or your boyfriend have ever been sexually expressive with anyone prior to your relationship, it is possible one or both of you contracted an STD and were not aware of it. Most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. And if you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner.
    To answer your last question, it’s highly unlikely that two people who have sex with only each other and have never had sex (including oral or anal) with anyone else to develop chlamydia.
    The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active, the best thing that you can do is be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship (marriage) with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results.

    We would recommend that your boyfriend be tested for chlamydia and begin treatment, just like the link below advises. It’s got lots of other helpful info as well. http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/STDFact-Chlamydia.htm
    I hope you find this helpful!

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Amanda —

Hey! Between august 2012 and September 2013 I went through a really bad phase. I’d get drunk every few weeks/months and have sex with someone without protection or oral. I feel extremely stupid now about the whole thing as I only realised a few days ago that I could have gotten an sti. I have an appointment booked for next week but my question is a bit of a scary one and I hope you will not judge. I have a 2 year old sweet little girl and I’m freaking out now that she may have caught my infection (if present, of course) as we sleep in the same bed. We also shower together as she’s afraid of going in alone and I’ve often caught her washing herself with my scrunchie bath ball. So I’m panicking now whether she could have caught it from the scrunchie or sleeping in my bed. I hope you reply ASAP.. Thank you

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Amanda – Thanks for writing in with your concern. We certainly don’t judge you, not at all! A good mama would have concern. I give you huge props for just being a mama of a two year old, I know it’s a wonderful but also a crazy job! As far as your questions, if you were positive for an STI, most literature out their states that STI’s are spread most often by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is infected (sharing secretions). Most experts would say there would be little concern in the use of towels, toilet seats, and washcloths when it comes to spreading chlamydia, syphillis, gonorrhea, humanpaillomavirus, herpes, or HIV. You said you have an appointment scheduled, I would make sure to talk to your medical provider at your first or follow-up visit about your concerns with your daughter. Lastly, one of my co-workers posted this on our collage center facebook page and I hope it encourages you :)

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Concerned —

My girlfriend and I have been having unprotected sex for over 6-8 months. She recently was tested for stds and came back clean on all counts. I got a test just as a precaution and am waiting the results. I gave blood and urine. I also asked an ex of mine whom I trust if she had been tested recently. I asked her because she is the last person I have had sex with, (in october) which was unprotected and I ejaculated inside of her. She said she was tested in January and was clean. What is the likelihood that my std test will come back clean?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Concerned – From what it sounds like, with your current girlfriend coming back negative with her STI testing and your previous girlfriend also coming back negative, it would seem likely that your test would also come back negative. But keep in mind if you’ve had any sexual activity (oral, anal, vaginal) with any others in the past, it increases your risk of contracting an STI. It takes about 5-7 days to get results back, so maybe you already have results? Good job getting tested and please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Rahul —

My self and my partner never had sex, not even with others. No physical contact. We wish to have oral sex now. Can we get std’s?? pls help me.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Rahul,

    If you and your partner have never had sex or physical contact with each other or others, it is probably unlikely you’d get and STD from each other. You can however get STD’s through having oral sex with anyone who is infected. I would recommend waiting, I know, sounds crazy but a lot of good and wonderful things are worth waiting for :)

    Thanks for the question,
    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Nicole —

So my husband (before we got married) had sex with multiple girls, but he tested clean for any STD’s. I’ve only had sex with him. Can we still get stds?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for the question. The only things I can think of is to make sure he got tested for the full panel of STD’s and to keep in mind that STD’s have different incubation periods (once you’re infected, to when it would show up on a lab test). The longest one, HIV, can take up to 6 months to show up on a lab report. So, if his last sexual partner was a year ago and he recently got tested, he’s clear. If his last other sexual partner was less then 6 months ago, he’d probably want to get tested 6 months after that to be all clear. I would think, most likely, if your husband tested clean for any STD’s, and you’re in a monogamous marriage with each other, you’re golden. Love, enjoy, forgive (repeat) – that’s what I keep telling myself to do!

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Kay —

This may have already been asked, but my boyfriend and I have been together for five years. I have only been with him the past five years. I just went to the lady doctor and she told me that I had chlamydia. Of course I went and got the medication for it right away and called my boyfriend. He is claiming he has not cheated on me but I did not see how it is possible. I go to the gyro once a year and have been since I was 16. How would it be that I Just now had chlamydia?? I also have to add I also was told 3 years ago I had HPV and had to get that taken care of. Is he telling the truth, could I really have just now gotten it?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Kay,

    Tough stuff you’re going through. Here’s a few things I can think of. I would ask your gynecologist if she has tested you, with each pap smear for STD’s. The basic part of a pap smear is to look for abnormal cells of the cervix to try to detect cancer or things that may lead into cancer. Lots of times, while they’re doing a pap, they will get a swab so they can test you for STD’s, but may not with each pap smear, I believe it depends on the practitioner. You should be able to call and talk to a nurse. You can have chlamydia for a long time and never know it because it’s usually asymptomatic (no symptoms) all the while working to reek havoc on your reproductive system, I’m so glad you got treated! If they have tested you (for std’s) with each pap smear, and you’re just now showing chlamydia, I would probably have a heart to heart with your boyfriend because chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. Remember, he also needs to get treated for chlamydia and I would highly recommend he also get tested for other STD’s. If you get treated and he doesn’t, and you are still sexually active with each other, you’ll probably be reinfected with chlamydia. I wish I could tell you more definite answers but I would start with those facts and go from there. Talk to your gynecologist or their nurse and depending on that, have a heart to heart with the boyfriend. Thanks for the question, we’ll be thinking of you!

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Liam —

I was wondering if it is possible for either me or my girlfriend to have an std?
We have both only ever been sexually active with each other, never been with another partner ( lost virginity together)

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Liam,

    If you have only been with your girlfriend sexually, you probably don’t have an sexually transmitted disease (STD). Keep in mind that STD’s can be passed if you’ve had any sexual contact, oral, anal or vaginally with others. Some can even be passed just by genital, to genital contact. Sorry to be so blunt! I think peoples definition of “sex” varies or is pretty narrow – just covering my bases! Be careful, and remember there’s always the option to wait (yes, it’s hard). But waiting to have sex till in a committed marriage, you can enjoy sex freely without worrying about STD’s, which is nice. Thanks for the question, and let us know if you have any more!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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Jay —

I have a friend who has had multiple sex partners and they contracted syphillis, can they contact other people if he made out with them. And does he also have HIV?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Jay,

    I think what you’re asking is if they can contract Syphilis to others just by making out with them? Which yes, Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but it could be passed just by making out. CDC says “You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum, or on the lips and in the mouth.” So if a person has direct contact with a sore, it can be passed that way. I hope your friend is getting treated! It’s really important as the sores go away, you think it’s done, all better, but it goes on to the next stages of the disease, on and on, which can be life threatening. CDC has a syphilis fact sheet on their website that has really good information on it. I’ll link below. And as for HIV, that’s a different disease, so your friend would need to get tested to see if they have HIV too. I would defiantly encourage your friend to do so! Here’s the link to the CDC fact sheet on Syphilis:
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm

    Thanks for your question,
    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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jo gregory —

i have been with my husband for over 7 years and have had 2 other children by him and im now pregnant again but this time the V.D.R.L came back with syphilis detected im little confused as i had a UTI and have been given antiboitics for that if all the other came back negative why did this one come back detected any idea’s

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Jo Gregory,

    That is rough! So sorry for your diagnosis of syphilis! I’m sure this is a confusing time. As always I always encourage people to talk directly to their primary care provider, if you will see them soon, write your questions down for them as sometimes it’s easy to forget in the hurried moments! As for as I know and have researched, syphilis seems to be a bit more complicated when testing for it. If you do have it, it goes in stages, and depending on the stage it’s in, can show positive or false-negative results. The next test you could have done to confirm the results would be a fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS). There also seem to be other conditions that can cause false-positives test results too. Also, if I were with you, I’d ask if you and your husband are mutually monogamous with each other, if not, that’ s certainly another way one could get infected. Here are some links to browse more information.

    And as far as your UTI goes, the antibiotics that the doctor will probably treat the UTI but you would probably need different antibiotics to treat the syphilis. And that’s pretty important to get treated, especially if you are pregnant.

    I wish I had more black and white answers for you! We hope you heal quickly and get the answers you’re looking for.

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis-detailed.htm

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003515.htm

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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jo gregory —

rang the doc’s and it was a human error thank god =D

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John Matthews —

I did an sti urine test but had passed urine 25 minutes before! Will this make the test void

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    CollageCenter

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your question. It should not matter when the urine was collected for your STI test. It should still be accurate.

    Good job in getting tested!

    Kenda High, RN
    Kearney Center Director

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Sabriel —

Hi, I have been with my partner for 5 years. We have been faithful to each other. I have just taken a home test for gonorrhea and it has come out positive. He has never had any symptoms before except some that appeared a week ago which included burning when urinating and a feeling that he needs to urinate. I don’t THINK I’ve ever had any symptoms apart from I’ve had severe abdominal pain ONCE about 2 years ago, and sometimes it hurts inside my belly on the right side when we have sex, and always has done occasionally. I’ve had an ultrasound scan, but they said everything looked okay.

I must have caught it off a previous partner, and I feel terrible for it. But is it really possible that symptoms for him are just appearing now when he’s never had any before?

Thank you in advance

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    CollageCenter

    Hey! Thanks for your question. Yes, it is totally possible that your partner to just be showing symptoms now. That’s the hard thing with some of these STD’s, a lot of times they are “silent”, no symptoms. And often, people don’t go to the Doctor or get tested unless they have a reason, so a lot of these STD’s go untreated. Here’s a great fact sheet on Gonorrhea from the CDC:
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm
    It’s great you’re getting tested and checked out! Hope that helps answer your question!

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Speedy Pua —

Hi, My girfriend and I had unprotected sex in a hotel bathtub. Concerned if there were people who have used it for sex as wel before us, is it possible to acquire STD from having unprotected sex with your partner in a “pre-used” tub? Soonest answer will be highly appreciated since I am quite bothered since 3 days after, tiny itchy red bumps appeard in my body. Thanks

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Maria Martinez —

I went to check up and they said I have std cervix iris but I know I haven’t had sex with anybody else beside my partner he says he hasn’t had sex with nobody else and he wants to chek him self cause he says he’s positive he has not be with nobody else but I know I haven’t cheated please help

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for your question. I am so glad you are asking questions and looking for answers! So important for people to be doing that! I however can’t help you with answers to what a “STD cervix iris” thing is. I haven’t heard of it but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a thing or not around. I would go back to the clinic to ask questions! You can always call them and ask to speak to of of their nurses too, and try to talk to the nurse who works with the doctor or medical provider who diagnosed you.

    As fas as your partner, I would say it’s important for him to get tested if you came back positive. Some STD’s can be passed skin to skin contact, if you or your partner ever had even that kind of contact with someone who was infected then, it could of been passed that way.

    I hope that’s helped a little bit, again, good job asking questions and looking for answers! I hope you find out more about your diagnosis.

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Jai Bell —

me and my girlfriend have only been with each other, she is worried she is gonna get an std and neither of us have been tested, we have had unprotected sex and want to try anal, is there any way if we are only intimate with each other we can get std’s

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Jai,

    Good questions. If you and your girlfriend have truly only been with each other sexually, then it is pretty unlikely you’d get an STD from each other. Just remember STD’s are passed through sexual contact, that’s anal, vaginal, oral sex and even genital to genital contact could spread a disease. So if either of you have had any previous sexual contact with others before, you could of been exposed then. I always say, if there’s doubt, go on in and get tested! That would probably give you the most peace of mind. And with anal sex, I would probably caution you against it. The rectum was really designed as exit only, the tissues inside the rectum are much more delicate and more easily damaged. We want you to be safe and healthy!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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worried —

Is it possible to pass on a STD to my child If I have taken a bath with my baby? i am so worried. I just found out I had trichomonas and herpes. Is it possible? How about if I didnt wash my hands fully after touching my vaginal area.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Worried,

    I think it is very unlikely that you would of passed these infections to your baby. I believe Trichomoniasis and Herpes are labeled STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) for a reason. Meaning they are almost always spread through sexual contact, direct genital to genital contact. Here’s what ASHA (American Sexual Health Association) says about herpes “There are no documented cases of a person getting genital herpes from an inanimate object such as a toilet seat, bathtub, or towel. Herpes is a very fragile virus and does not live long on surfaces.” (link to their resource page at the end) And as far as Trichomiasis they also quote “Trich is spread through sexual contact with an infected partner: this includes penis-to-vagina intercourse or genital-to-genital contact” (link to that at the bottom too).

    I totally get being worried with your babe! But I think it’s very unlikely. Remember you can always talk to your doctor or call to talk to your doctors nurse to have your baby checked out if you are really worried. But I hope this helps you not be so worried!

    http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/herpes/faqs-about-herpes/

    http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/trichomoniasis/

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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kinda worried —

Hi, I’m male, 29 years old, I’m kinda worried I’ve got STI, there’s very little discharge in my penis lately, so little I can’t even tell if it’s a pee or semen, there’s no odor also, and it doesn’t happen everytime, but it stil worries me…

my girlfriend is also having trouble getting pregnant, I’ve read that STI can cause infertility, could it be possible that one of us has STI?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Kinda Worried,

    That is a hard place to be in. My best advice would be to go in and get tested! It’s really painless and it will give you the greatest peace of mind! You are right, having discharge for a male could be a sign of having an STD. For example, both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea both can cause discharge for a male. Here’s a few links to CDC’s facts sheets on Chlamydia and Gonorrhea that are helpful, along with other STD’s. I’d highly recommend getting tested!

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm

    And you read right, sadly STI’s can cause infertility. Often these STD’s don’t have any symptoms so people don’t know they have them, and they go untreated. In women it can cause infertility by damaging the fallopian tubes, uterus and surrounding areas. Remember there could be many reasons for infertility but yes, this could be one of them. So for your girlfriend, I would recommend she get tested too. If one of you has an STD’s it’s pretty probable the other does too and both of you would need treated.

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/infertility/

    It’s great you are concerned and seeking information, and I know it’s hard, but try not to worry. Take one step at a time, get tested and go from there :)

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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rah —

I gave my boyfriend a hsndjob.I forgot I had a small paper cut. Is it possible for me to get a STD through my hand? We are not monogamous.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi rah,

    I think usually there would be a small chance of getting a STD through a hand job. I do think it would depend on what STD we were dealing with though. Syphilis and Herpes are two that I could think of that would concern me. The CDC quotes on their site, “You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum, or on the lips and in the mouth.” Also with Herpes they say, “Fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection.” I always say, if there’s doubt, go and get tested. Also, considering you and your boyfriend are not in a monogamous relationship, that would put you at a higher risk of acquiring and STD. I would highly recommend getting tested. And I know I sound old school but I want you to be healthy and happy, I would encourage you to be careful and maybe think about waiting till you meet someone you want to be in a life long, committed monogamous relationship with! Crazy?! Just think about it :) Thanks for your question and hope this helps a little bit!

    Links to CDC syphilis and Herpes:
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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rah —

Typo- Hand job

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vianna —

This may sound dumb but
. Me and my partner have been together for 6yrs. I have never had sexual contact with anyone but him. He never leaves the house and no one visits. Can a std still form even though we’ve been only with each other?

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    CollageCenter

    Thanks for your question, no dumb questions here! STD’s are transferred through sexual contact. If you’ve only been with each other, you’re most likely safe. But if you and your partner had any sexual activity with anyone before each other, you could of possibly been exposed that way. And remember that can be things like oral sex, even genital to genital contact. So if that’s the case, one or both have had sexual activity with previous people, I’d recommend getting tested. If you have another questions or concerns please feel free to call us here at Collage, we’d love to chat with you. 308-234-9880

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Katie —

Ive looked up this question so many times and its never answered how I ask it. Me and my boyfriend have been together for a while now , had protected sex and just recently I gave him unprotected oral. He went and got tested the other day and his results arent back yet. But my question still is , if all of his results come back negative, does that make me in the clear too because hes the ONLY person ive ever touched sexually or had sexual contact with. Ive never had sex with any other guys or given oral ever except to my current boyfriend now.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your question, sorry you haven’t gotten as direct answers as you’ve wanted! I’ll try to answer your question as direct and best I can! I would say if he is the only person you’ve had sexual contact with and he comes back clear for STD’s, then you’d be clear too. You just need to see what he’s been tested for. For example, here we test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, but there is a full-panel STD test I would recommend for him if he’s previously been sexually active and if that’s what you’re going off of to see if you have an STD. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions!

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Lena —

In March of this year I was tested and found out I was given Chlamydia by a man who raped me. The doctor gave me antibiotics and said wait 6-8 weeks before I have sex. Well my fiancé and I didn’t do that. Tomorrow I have another test and I’m terrified that I’ll have it again. Is it possible that I still have it?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Lena,

    First of all I am so sorry that happened to you. My heart goes out to you, I hope you get the healing you need physically, emotionally and spiritually. I know I’m answering this question a bit late, I’m so sorry! Here at our clinic we give a single dose of antibiotics and then I tell people that it can take 7-10 days for the medicine to fully knock out all the chlamydia and to wait to be sexually active to prevent spreading the disease. I know the CDC says to wait 7 days after a single dose or 7 day dose to prevent spreading disease. I’m not sure where the 6-8 weeks came from, maybe you could ask your doctor or call your doctors nurse? Depending on when you when you and your fiancé had sex after you were infected would depend on if you would of possibly given it to him, and then him back to you. I’m sorry but I would need more details to help answer your question. Either way though, if you are positive, it’s easily treatable! I’m sure you already have your answer but don’t despair if you are positive, just treat it, have your fiancé treated too. Please let me know if you have another questions. Write or call us here at Collage.

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Mrs. Watson —

I’m not sure what to think this is or if it’s anything at all. I have not been sexually active for over a month, so the smell is not from sexual intercourse. I have a mirena iud, so I’m not sure if that could be involved either. I have been getting cramps that are almost like period cramps, but not quiet, which is unusual regardless, because I’ve never gotten period cramps before, but they are in my pelvic area. I just had a baby in October 2014, but I have had several symptoms of pregnancy also, but my doctor took a test a few weeks ago and said they were side effects of the mirena. I also have been having a chlorine-like smell that I can smell even through my clothes and in my underwear when I take them off. I’ve had this smell for about two months, but I’m not sure what it is, and the cramps started a few weeks ago. Not really any changes in discharge as to consistency or color, but I’ve had a slight amountoccasionally since I got the mirena. The smell isn’t really a bad smell, just not normal. And I even stopped using bleach for the past two weeks to see if that could be it. Only have been wearing cotton underwear as well per suggestion. Any ideas what it could be the cause of the pain or the odd smell??

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Mrs. Watson,

    Oh my, sorry for all your troubles! I wish I could answer you or give you better direction but I feel as a nurse, this is out side my knowledge base and scope of practice! I would recommend you go back to the doctor and if the doctor you saw didn’t give you the answers you needed, you can always try a different one. Sometimes I try to write my questions down cause I know that time can go fast and then you think of all your questions after the visit. I hope you get some relief and the answers you need!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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blabla —

my partner has use used condom on me for about 10 to 15 second i immediately went to clean me. how far is it risky for me? there was no cut and fluid spill he has just wrapped the condom in his finger and inserted it anally for 10 to 15 second. please help me

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    CollageCenter

    Hi blabla,

    I hope I’m understanding your question correctly. Your partner used, and re-used a condom on you anally? I would say any form of sexual contact, especially with a used or unused condom puts you at risk for STD’s. Condoms are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or disease. If this is a concern of yours, I would definitely recommend you get tested. I also caution people with anal sexual activity. The anus has much more delicate tissue, more absorbent. You sound concerned, if it’s an STD you’re concerned about, I’d go get tested. As fas as damage to your anus, you are probably okay but need to be careful! Hope I was able to help a little bit.

    Anne Lano RN
    Nurse Manager

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Megan —

I have a question. My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with Hep B after becoming very ill. He lost his appetite, lost a lot of weight & was sleeping all the time. His eyes & skin then became very yellow. He was admitted to the hospital for many tests & the original thought was that it was from meds, but he ended up coming back positive for Hep B. I never thought this would happen. I was shocked. I was then also tested and came back negative. My boyfriend did have previous partners before me, but I was a virgin when we met. We have been having unprotected sex for 15 years. I was given the Hep B vaccine for work after we’d been together for 5 years. My question is: Is it possible that he could of contracted Hep B before we began dating & me never contract it during 5 years of unprotected & non-vaccinated years? Or did my boyfriend likely contract this during our relationship?

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Sarah —

Hi, I think I have gonorrhea I’m having every symptom so far. I made an appointment for the next day. And I have a small child I was wondering if bathing with her would give it to her? I’m so worried about it.

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Sarah,

    We get this kind of question a lot. From what I’ve researched, it would have to be just about the perfect, perfect situation to get an Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) thought bathing, sharing a wash cloth, toilet seat…ect. I think you’d have to have direct contact with your genital area or wherever the STD is and then immediate direct contact with an open sore or genitals of another person. Even then it would still have to be just the right situation to infect someone else. I think your child should be okay, but if you have further questions or concerns I’d encourage you to talk to a doctor about it and I’m sure they could help you further. Thanks for your question and I hope this helps so you aren’t so worried!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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Anonymous —

What if you have no std and your partner has no std too and both of you is first time having a sex (oral or intercourse) will you still have a std?

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    CollageCenter

    Hey There,

    I would say if it’s both your first time having sexual contact of any sort and both of you do not have an STD, than you would not infect each other with an STD just by having sex. You would need to have sexual contact with someone who is infected with and STD to be infected yourself. I just caution people to be careful because the more sexual partners you have, the higher the risk of getting infected. Thanks for your question and hope this helps!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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Julia —

Me and my boyfriend lost our virginity to eachother and neither of us have had sexual interaction with any other person besides eachother, have had unprotected sex. Are we at risk of any std’s, if we have only ever been with eachother?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Julia,

    If you’ve only ever had sexual contact (anal, vaginal, oral) with each other then you would not get an STD from each other. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) are transmitted through sexual contact but you would need to have contact with a person who has been infected with an STD to be infected yourself. STD’s are often passed around so much because a lot of STD’s don’t have any symptoms so people aren’t getting tested and treated. Many people are infected, don’t know it and then are passing it to anyone they have sexual contact with. Thanks for your question and hope this helps and clarifies for you a bit!

    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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David Barrett —

Hi my name is David and i have a pregnant girlfriend that is having a yellow discharge i think that i might of giving her a std or a sti because i had sex with someone els but i wan for a test and came back all ok so what dose that mean plz help i would hate to think that i but my unborn child at risk

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    CollageCenter

    Hi David,

    I would guess if you came back clear of STD’s, you would not have given her one. If there is concern she has an STD I would highly recommend telling she tell her doctor and get tested. Also if you and your girlfriend are having other sexual partners, it’s important to get tested routinely. There is some discharge that women might get with pregnancy that is normal. Other discharge that would not be normal or good would be: itching, burning, foul oder, fever – those could indicate and infection, these are all things you’d want to discuss with your doctor. Here’s a great link to the CDC’s page on STD’s and pregnancy:

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/stdfact-pregnancy.htm

    A little section from that page:
    How do STDs affect a pregnant woman and her baby?
    STDs can complicate pregnancy and may have serious effects on both a woman and her developing baby. Some of these problems may be seen at birth; others may not be discovered until months or years later. In addition, it is well known that infection with an STD can make it easier for a person to get infected with HIV1. Most of these problems can be prevented if the mother receives regular medical care during pregnancy. This includes tests for STDs starting early in pregnancy and repeated close to delivery, as needed.

    Thanks for your question, I hope this helps!
    Anne Lano, RN
    Nurse Manager

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anonymous —

This may sound like a silly question, but if my boyfriend and I have never had sex with anyone before (we’re both virgins) and we have sex with each other, is there somehow a risk of getting an STD? Someone had told me it was possible and I just wanted to make sure. Please answer soon, thank you!!

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    CollageCenter

    Hey,

    Not a silly question and actually a common one we get. STD’s are passed sexually (vaginal, anal, oral sex). A person would have to have sex or sexual contact with another person who is infected with and STD to be infected themselves.

    Think of a virgin couple who are about to get married. They will most likely have sex on their wedding night and will not be at risk for acquiring and STD at all. They can have sex as much and freely as they like with each other all their lives and never have to fear getting an STD. So remember, just having sex does not pass STD’s, you have to have sex with someone who is infected.

    So if you and your boyfriend were virgins and not had any other form of sexual contact with others, you wouldn’t of passed and STD to each other. I know STD’s are a scary thing to think of, that’s why I always recommend people just prolong sex a bit till they find that one person they want to commit to in a long term monogamous relationship with and then you’re free to enjoy sex with out worrying! I know, old school but something to consider! :)

    Hope this helps!

    The Collage Medical Team

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Dee —

Hi. My boyfriend and I have been in a monogamous relationship for over 4 years. I got tested before we were sexually active, and my results came up clean. He too had clean results. We live together and have unprotected sex, and neither of us has ever had any symptoms of an STD in those 4 years. I’ve been reading online about the dormancy of the symptoms of STDs and have freaked myself out into thinking I somehow have something!

What are the possibilities of us both having asymptomatic STDs in the 4 years we’ve been sexually active? There have been no warts, blisters, itching, burning, etc. for either of us. If one of us had an STD, wouldn’t it be most likely for at least one of us to display symptoms at some point?

Thanks!

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Dee,

    Thanks for your question. If you both got tested prior to your relationship and were clean, then you wouldn’t be giving each other STD’s. You are right in reading that STD’s can and often are asymptomatic (have no symptoms). For girls especially, they can have an STD’s and not know it while it can reek some havoc on her reproductive system. That’s why it’s so important for people who are sexually active, especially people who have had multiple partners get tested.

    Remember just having sex, or lots of sex won’t give you an STD. You have to have sex with someone who is infected with and STD to be infected yourself. Think of a married couple who are in a committed monogamous relationship, and they both do not have STD’s. They can have sex as freely and often as they want and never have to worry about STD’s.

    So yes, for you and your boyfriend. If you were both clean before your relationship and are and have been monogamous with each other these last 4 years, I would think the probability of you guys having an STD are very little. As far as symptoms, people with STD’s can have them with no symptoms for long periods of time!

    Hope that helps!

    The Collage Medical Team

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Will —

So a girl slept in my bed yesterday and might have an STD. She slept with pants and a shirt on but used my blanket. I took my girlfriend on the bed and fingered her and might have touched the blanket, however before fingering her i did wash my hands. Could she have gotten an STD?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Will,

    I think the probability of your girlfriend getting and STD in this particular circumstance is very, very small. We’ve gotten similar questions about this, people sharing towels, luffas and such. In these circumstances, which would be more likely in these than yours, it’d have to be just the absolute perfect contact to be infected this way. It’s very rare.

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) are usually passed from direct sexual contact (vaginal, oral, anal) of an infected person to another person.

    Glad you are concerned and asking questions, keep that up!
    Hope this helps!

    The Collage Medical Team

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