There are different types of tests that help in diagnosing if a person is infected with HIV or not. Two most prominent ones are point-of-care testing (POCT) and the regular … Read Full Answer
Sharing needles raises the risk of transmission of blood borne pathogens, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). The most certain way of avoiding contamination is by … Read Full Answer
We are glad that you asked this very important question. HIV transmission through insect bites is one of the most common misconceptions. Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs … Read Full Answer
After you get your tongue pierced you may be at a higher risk of HIV, Hep C, or bacterial infections. Piercings in the mouth and some dental work may need time to heal. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop having oral sex … Read Full Answer
You’re right, undetectable is a word that we use to describe when someone on HIV medications has a very low viral load. If someone is HIV positive they can manage … Read Full Answer
Before I tell you a little about what these sores look like, let me encourage you that if you have a suspicious lesion (sore) on your genitals, bum or mouth, get STI testing. The health care practitioner will swab it … Read Full Answer
I’m scared to have sex with her now. What if I give her an STD, how would I explain it? I wore a condom but I’m really worried. There … Read Full Answer
Most people during the acute phase of Hepatitis C do not experience any symptoms. In some cases symptoms do occur … Read Full Answer
There are a few different types of tests that health care providers use to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A pee test may be able to detect chlamydia or gonorrhea, but urine alone won’t give a complete picture of someone’s sexual health status. It’s recommended … Read Full Answer
Talking with sex partners about sex can sometimes feel awkward. But the payoff is big when it includes avoiding sexually transmitted infections, gaining consent or having great sex! Here are some tips that might make asking easier … Read Full Answer
There are many Canadians who are living with Hep C and don’t realize it, so testing guidelines are meant to find those undiagnosed cases. Canadians who were born between 1945 and 1975 who have never been tested are encouraged to be tested for Hep C … Read Full Answer
Syphilis treatment from a health care provider is one needle of antibiotic in each bum cheek during the same visit. Some people say it’s not that bad, others report that it hurts. The best strategy to minimize pain is to relax … Read Full Answer
Using condoms for vaginal intercourse significantly lowers transmission of STIs like chlaymdia, gonorrhea, Hep B, HIV, HPV and syphilis and are a tool to prevent pregnancy. Your friend is right. Anal sex … Read Full Answer
In Manitoba most sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are reportable infections. This means … Read Full Answer
Unfortunately there is no vaccine for preventing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) which can lead to damage of the liver and other serious complications. The good news is that there is treatment for Hepatitis C … Read Full Answer
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can easily be cured. Chlamydia is caused by a sexually transmitted bacteria and is treated with a single-dose antibiotic. If left untreated … Read Full Answer
You are correct that we recommend HIV testing every 5 years for sexually active Manitobans. Safer sex practices (including testing) are for all sexually active people regardless of their relationship status, gender, sexual orientation or whether they’ve ever had a sexually transmitted infection or not. Many people … Read Full Answer
The great news is that no, you don’t necessarily have to stop having sex if you find out you have an STI. Medication is available to cure most STIs, and even the one’s without a cure have medications or management strategies so that sex is still an option. … Read Full Answer
No, condoms are a one time use item that should not be re-used. (Even with the same sexual partner … Read Full Answer
In Manitoba anonymous HIV testing is available at Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg or with Brandon Public Health. Both locations can send … Read Full Answer
Syphilis, is mostly transmitted through condomless vaginal, anal or oral sex, mother-to-child during pregnancy and also skin-to-skin when one comes in contact with a syphilis sore/lesion … Read Full Answer
Pathogens like bacteria’s or viruses that cause many STIs cannot survive outside the body, they start to die with the slightest change in their environment … Read Full Answer
Rimming is also known as anilingus, eating ass or eating out. During rimming partner(s) use their tongue to suck, kiss, lick or orally stimulate the anus of the partner. While giving or receiving anilingus can be pleasurable, it can result in the transmission of some sexually transmitted infections … Read Full Answer
Body fluids like vaginal, semen, anal and blood are known to transmit STIs and there are other types that spread merely through skin-to-skin contact. So, rubbing a penis on the … Read Full Answer
Unfortunately the short answer is yes. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) moves easily from skin to skin.
HSV-1, the most common type, causes facial and genital herpes. Facial herpes (cold sores) are very common.
HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. … Read Full Answer
You’re asking about something we call contact tracing. That’s the process of identifying sexual contacts of a person with a sexually transmitted infection and ensuring that they are aware of their exposure, so that they can take steps to get tested. If a past sexual partner … Read Full Answer
First off, this may or may not be related to a sexually transmitted infection (STI.) Bodies and menstrual cycles are diverse, it’s best to see your doctor or an STI testing clinic … Read Full Answer
U=U is great news when it comes to HIV prevention. In short, when someone living with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load, there is effectively no risk that they will transmit HIV to their partner through condomless sex … Read Full Answer
Hep C is an infection of the liver caused by Hepatitis C virus. When one becomes infected with Hep C virus, they may not have any symptoms and may not even know if they are infected … Read Full Answer
Having herpes does not mean that you are dirty. There are many people who are living perfectly normal lives with herpes. It’s about managing and knowing more about it … Read Full Answer
Sex under the influence of drugs is a choice some people make … Read Full Answer
Adding lube can be a great way to enjoy sex. Lube is short form for lubricants and they are made from water, silicone or oil. There are many different varieties, … Read Full Answer
Some people experience mild and infrequent symptoms that are easy to mistake for something else. There are also people who have no symptoms at all. On the other hand there are people have noticeable blisters or sores. These look similar to a cold sore. The may also have tingling, itching, burning or painful sensations, and sometimes make it painful to pee. Most people … Read Full Answer
No, a pap smear does not test for STIs (sexually transmitted infections.) A pap test or cervical screening is recommended every 3 years in Manitoba and checks for cervical cell … Read Full Answer
The two main ways that HIV is transmitted are through sex or sharing needles or other injection equipment. Sweat is not one of the fluids that can transmit HIV. You … Read Full Answer
Rubbing vaginas together without clothes (also known as tribbing, scissoring or smashing boxes) can potentially pass sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, public lice, and HPV. There may also be … Read Full Answer
Mutual masturbation is about seeking sexual pleasure between two or more people by touching, caressing, massaging or stroking the genitals of each other. Mutual masturbation is considered relatively safe and … Read Full Answer
Kissing is a least risky sexual activity. The only STI one needs to be concerned about is Herpes (HSV 1 & 2). It’s important to note that many people have the herpes infection and people are embarrassed talking about it considering the stigma around it. … Read Full Answer
Lumps, bumps, rashes or sores in the genital area can be worrisome and it’s possible to mistake them for warts. However, warts are infectious and are caused by the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus.) … Read Full Answer
Fear of needles is very common, so you’re not the only one who feels this way about syphilis treatment.
There is an alternative for people who are allergic to penicillin, however it requires close follow up to make sure that treatment has been effective. For the rest of us … Read Full Answer
Rashes are a pain. Symptoms like rashes though, are not used for diagnosing HIV or other STBBIs, as they may be caused by other infections or factors like soap or insects that you have mentioned … Read Full Answer
There are 2 different courses of treatment available for gonorrhea and there are a couple of factors that determine which treatment will be the most effective … Read Full Answer
Let’s bust a common myth about sexually transmitted infections – they can’t be washed away after sex.
Showering is good for personal hygiene, but not an effective tool for preventing STIs (sexually transmitted infections.) Your friend is passing up … Read Full Answer
Thanks for reaching out to us. Having condomless sex with anyone can be a risk for contracting sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections including HIV. Commercial Sex Trade Workers are no … Read Full Answer
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that more than 70% of … Read Full Answer
Condoms are an effective prevention tool for genital sex, however unprotected oral sex on the vagina (cunnilingus) can transmit herpes, HPV and syphilis. A barrier such as a sex dam can significantly reduce your risk. Using a sex dam can be stimulating and fun, they come in several flavors and adding water-based lubrication can … Read Full Answer
Sex Friendly Manitoba limits its answers to questions about sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. Here are a few resources that could be of help … Read Full Answer
Congratulations on your new family member! You are one of the many HIV positive parents who give birth every year! With medical care and treatment, it is expected that an HIV positive parent(s) are able to have a child who is HIV negative … Read Full Answer
Yes, go get tested. If a public health nurse contacted you, it’s because you were probably exposed to syphilis. Relying on symptoms is not a good idea because most people who have it don’t have noticeable symptoms. The only way to be sure … Read Full Answer
The trouble with trying to analyze our own symptoms is that often sexually transmitted infections and other kinds of infections have similar symptoms.
In order to be diagnosed … Read Full Answer
In most cases, there is no obligation to disclose (tell someone your HIV status) at universities or colleges. The only time when you are required to disclose is when there is a possibility of transmission. This largely applies to disclosure before sexual activity … Read Full Answer
Like in humans, syphilis is caused by a spirochete bacteria. The syphilis causing bacteria in rabbits are different from that of human syphilis bacteria and thus cannot infect humans. Rest assured that your rabbit cannot spread syphilis to humans. … Read Full Answer
Aspirin as a possible HIV prevention tool has been in the news recently and we are glad that you asked this question. A team of scientists are in the preliminary … Read Full Answer
Like most infections, the prevalence and incidence of HIV and syphilis have often fluctuated. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) observed a notable increase in syphilis infections between 2017 and … Read Full Answer
That’s a very helpful question and we are glad that you asked it. Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are predominantly spread through condom-less sex with someone who has an STI. Often … Read Full Answer
Pulling out before ejaculation (coming) doesn’t help prevent STIs (sexually transmitted infections) because many bacteria and viruses don’t depend on ejaculation to pass from person to person. Many can be passed through pre-cum, vaginal fluids, anal fluids or skin to skin contact. We recommend STI testing for … Read Full Answer
People who inject with needles (no matter what’s inside the needle) can be at risk of infections like HIV or Hep C if they are sharing any of their equipment or supply.
If you have ever shared steroids, needles, or other injecting equipment … Read Full Answer
HPV is transmitted through sexual activity including penis-vagina intercourse, penis-anus intercourse, oral sex and genital to genital contact. Transmission through objects like towels, toilets seats, or underwear have not been documented … Read Full Answer
There are a few things that could be causing this symptom for you, but not all of them are sexually transmitted. … Read Full Answer
What you’re asking about something we call a “window period.” The window period is time between potential exposure to infection and the point when the test will give an accurate result. The window period for the HIV test we use here in Manitoba is up to 3 months. … Read Full Answer
STD (sexually transmitted disease)
STI (sexually transmitted infection)
STBBI (sexually transmitted / blood borne infection)
All three terms basically represent the same thing but have been updated to address stigma and accuracy … Read Full Answer
You’ve come to the right place for information after an HIV positive diagnosis.
The few next steps can include finding a local doctor who is experienced in treating HIV, learning about how to avoid transmitting HIV, discussing treatment, and taking care of yourself. … Read Full Answer
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, but Hep A, B, and C are caused by different viruses. Though they all impact the liver and may cause similar symptoms, the modes of transmission are different for each. … Read Full Answer
Many people have never heard of mycoplasma genitalium, so thanks for posting this question.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can infect the mucous membranes of the cervix, urethra, throat and anus. … Read Full Answer
Post Exposure Prophylaxis medication is a tool we can use to prevent HIV transmission after an actual or suspected high risk exposure to HIV. At Sex Friendly Manitoba we focus on the sexual activities performed and not the individuals involved. Our answer would be the same if you had condomless sex with someone who does or doesn’t use drugs … Read Full Answer
There are some STI risks associated with performing oral sex on a penis. Many people don’t realize that STIs (sexually transmitted infections) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, herpes and syphilis can be acquired by performing oral sex on a penis with one of these infections. … Read Full Answer
Human Papillomavirus is very common, estimates are that around 80% of people of any gender who are sexually active have or have had HPV at some point. … Read Full Answer
There are new hepatitis C treatments that are much more tolerable than the previous ones. You’re right, there have been some significant changes in Hep C treatments in the last few years, and now DAA’s (direct acting antiretrovirals) are commonly available … Read Full Answer
I am glad you’ve heard about PrEP, one of the HIV prevention tools available in Canada. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and is a tool for HIV negative people who are at risk of HIV infection to reduce their risk of becoming infected.
PrEP involves taking anti-HIV medications (antiretrovirals) on a daily basis. … Read Full Answer
One of your best defenses against STIs is the consistent use of safer sex supplies, including condoms and water based lube. Seeing as you used a condom, you’ve taken a great step to protect yourself against transmission of both gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
Here’s a little info about what we call “window periods.” … Read Full Answer
The likelihood of transmitting sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections varies depending on: the type of sex you are having, the type of STBBI, and whether or not steps are taken to reduce the risk. Penis-vagina intercourse can involve risk … Read Full Answer
Your partner did the right thing by getting tested to find out if he has herpes.
Herpes is infectious; you can get herpes from an infected sex partner even if they don’t have visible sores. The herpes virus is sometimes present on the skin even when there are no symptoms. … Read Full Answer
It sounds like this diagnosis is causing some fear about your relationship and your sex life, but I hope to share some information that can relieve some of that fear. Getting tested was your first step, now as you start the conversation with your girlfriend … Read Full Answer
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that can be transmitted sexually. It is highly contagious and is passed skin-to-skin. Adults can contract molluscum contagiosum through sexual activity … Read Full Answer