In Manitoba, syphilis is usually diagnosed with a blood test for a specific antibody. This antibody is made by the body as a response to a syphilis infection. Once a person has been infected with … Read Full Answer
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HIV and AIDS are not the same thing, but people often confuse the terms.
HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus … Read Full Answer
You’re right, a syphilis infection generally takes 7-10 days to clear after treatment is finished, … Read Full Answer
We’re glad you asked. We recently created a short video to answer this exact question! We recommend routine sexual health testing for everyone who is sexually active or uses injection … Read Full Answer
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not caused by poor hygiene practices but by unprotected sexual contact … Read Full Answer
Your willingness to get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and find more information on testing is a great step. You’re correct that STI testing is free in Canada, and … Read Full Answer
Sharing equipment like a meth pipe increases your chances of being exposed to an infection. Tiny amounts of blood from a cut or cracked lips can transmit … Read Full Answer
A chlamydia test is done either through a urine sample or a swab of the cervix (or a swab of the urethra for people who have a penis.) You report being tested for STIs … Read Full Answer
This is a useful question, as people who are not sure how to inject for themselves, may have friends or other people inject them. Research has shown that this may increase the risk … Read Full Answer
There’s not a lot of literature on this specific question, but if you’ve had syphilis medication recently, masturbation (sexually pleasuring yourself) does not pose any re-infection risk … Read Full Answer
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common viruses infecting humans. Symptoms can range from none to mild to severe. Although there is no cure for herpes infection, it can be managed with … Read Full Answer
HIV is present in pre-ejaculatory fluids of a person living with HIV. Theoretically transmission could occur if the fluid comes in direct contact with the blood stream of another person through mucus membranes or broken skin. However it is … Read Full Answer
It’s not common that people diagnosed with HIV, medically trace how they contracted it. People who get tested for HIV routinely … Read Full Answer
Hemorrhoids are not a sexually transmitted infection. Sex with someone who has hemorrhoids … Read Full Answer
Wearing a condom is a effective tool for preventing transmission of HIV. Studies have found that condoms fail when they break, slip or leak during sex. So wearing condoms … Read Full Answer
Here in Manitoba, the best piece of ID to bring to a medical appointment is your Manitoba Health Card. In many cases, it’s the only piece of identification that the health care provider will need … Read Full Answer
It sounds like you were tested with dried blood spot testing.This type of testing is approved in Canada and is accurate.
Dried blood spot testing … Read Full Answer
Careful disposal of used needles reduces the chances that the people in your space and your community accidentally re-use or get poked by a used needle. This is a great example of harm reduction … Read Full Answer