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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 46 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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