STI testing should be accessible, so there are other options if you don’t have a Manitoba Health Card. If you are a Manitoba resident, get your Health Card updated or replaced. If you are a resident of another Canadian province … Read Full Answer
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Can you get herpes from rubbing your dick on a vagina without penetration?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that you can get from having sex with someone who has it. Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which can be spread by skin-to-skin contact with the infected area, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. So, yes, you can get herpes from rubbing your dick on a vagina even without penetration … Read Full Answer
I had anal sex with a condom, should I be worried about HIV?
Whether you used internal condoms or external condoms, they are both very effective in preventing HIV and many other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) … Read Full Answer
Last week I went to an erotic massage parlour. I got a handjob (and she stayed clothed). I am not circumcised and had a razor cut at the base of my penis. I know that hand-to-genital contact is zero risk (HIV has to come from somewhere!) It wasn’t a major bleed, but she had a cut on her hand on the palm which I saw after the fact. It was hard for me to check my penis for blood.
We understand that situations like these can be tough to navigate, and we’re happy to help. … Read Full Answer
I had unprotected sex in October and got a UTI a week later. Everything was fine after taking medication. It’s January and I noticed a bump in my pubic area. I’m worried it may be an STD. There is only one bump and it’s on my outer labia.
Having a bump on your genitals can be concerning. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) typically do not cause bumps on the genital area and can have various causes, … Read Full Answer
I recently did 2 INSTI HIV self-tests within the past 6 months and it was negative both times. I was told by a few people that if the test is negative after 12 weeks and done properly there's no need to follow up for a lab confirmation. I waited 90 days after my first INSTI test was negative and the 2nd one was also negative. Am I all good or do I need a lab confirmation?
Congratulations on using the INSTI HIV self-test. This quick and simple tool is one more way that Canadians access to find out their HIV status. A self-test … Read Full Answer
Can I masturbate alone after a shot of penicillin or during treatment for syphilis?
Great question. Yes, you can masturbate alone after a shot of penicillin or during treatment for syphilis. Just wash your hands before and after, as usual. Have fun!
Is PEP ever recommended if someone is already on PrEP?
Pre Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is a highly effective tool in preventing HIV if taken consistently and correctly. As long as someone is adherent to daily dosing of PrEP … Read Full Answer
What is HPV?
HPV stands for Human papillomavirus and is a sexually transmitted infection (STI.) HPV is common in Canada, estimates are that 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime. There are many types of HPV … Read Full Answer
I recently started dating someone who is HIV+. My anxiety is high and I’m not sure what to do.
Getting to know your partner’s HIV status takes away some of the fear and it’s normal to be anxious in these situations. Dating an HIV-positive person is … Read Full Answer
Is it risky to have a guy's pre-ejaculatory fluid on shaving cuts that don't present the exit of blood?
Thanks for the question. This would be considered a negligible risk situation. Negligible means lower than low-risk, but not zero risk. Intact skin (even with minor scratches or scrapes) is an effective barrier to keep most viruses and germs from entering our body … Read Full Answer
Can I get syphilis or HIV from a hand job from a parlour? She was fully clothed and didn’t touch herself. Should I get tested for STDs?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not commonly passed through hand jobs (having someone masturbate your penis with their hands) and fingering (having someone masturbate your vulva with their hands.) … Read Full Answer
4 years ago I had multiple unprotected sex with hiv+ men (who is not on medication) then few weeks after I came up with sore throat, rash, headache, runny nose which all cleared up except for the runny nose that later turns to chronic sinusitis and ever since my health never been the same. I did 4 HIV tests (4th generation antigen antibody test) 1 came back indeterminate and the other 3 negative. Could HIV 4th gen give false negative after 4 years?
Good to know you got the tests done. Labs across Canada use 4th generation tests for screening HIV, which means they are 99 percent accurate by 6 weeks after infection. These tests are highly accurate and … Read Full Answer
What is included in an STI panel when doing the test at a Dynacare lab in Winnipeg?
An STI “panel” is a specific term used for testing blood borne sexually transmitted infections. An STI panel tests for Hepatitis B, HIV, and Syphilis.
An STI “screening” is more specific to the individual. … Read Full Answer
What is a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), and how can I avoid getting one?
There are many ways to help avoid getting a UTI, like peeing after any type of sexual activity (ex. penis-vagina intercourse, anal sex, or masturbation), wiping front to back, changing underwear relatively often, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding any irritant such as vaginal perfumes or non-pH balanced creams and soaps.
Getting a UTI does not mean that a person is unhygienic. Lots of bacteria live on the surface of our bodies, clothes, and sex toys, and it can be quite common to experience a UTI at some point. It’s helpful to be aware of practices that can help us avoid getting UTIs, and to remember that it shouldn’t hurt to pee! … Read Full Answer
Does being uncircumcised increase my risk of transferring STBBIs?
Although this data does exist, Canada Paediatric Society does not recommend newborn circumcision to reduce STBBI transmission. Circumcision is not recommended as an HIV prevention method in Canada. There are many other effective ways to reduce and prevent STBBI transmission, and it is not necessary to get circumcised in order to prevent transmission. … Read Full Answer
Are non-latex condoms just as effective at preventing pregnancy and the transmission of STBBIs as latex condoms?
All three of these non-latex condom options are just as effective at preventing pregnancy as latex condoms are when used correctly.
However only Polyurethane and Polyisoprene condoms also are effective at helping prevent STBBI transmission.
It is important to remember that any type of condom, even when used correctly, cannot prevent the transmission of all STBBIs. For example, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) can be transmitted via skin to skin contact around the genital or leg area. … Read Full Answer
After syphilis treatment can I donate blood to anyone?
Although syphilis is primarily transmitted through person-to-person sexual contact, it may be transmitted by the transfusion of blood and … Read Full Answer