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
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
I have never been tested for sexually transmitted infections. What do I need to know?
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
I understand general screenings for STI is free in Canada but for herpes if you don't have any symptoms you need to get a blood test. Are these blood tests also free? Is it possible to get a blood test every week if you often have different partners?
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
My friend had lesions on her nose, got it scraped (tested) and it ended up being diagnosed as HSV 2. Never touched her face or had oral, had protected genital intercourse twice (condom). Is there a risk of catching genital herpes? I’m so confused
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
I have been reading into the Western Blot test for HSV (herpes) diagnosis through the University of Washington. It says it's deemed the gold standard for HSV testing. Can this test be ordered through your clinic?
PCR testing (through swabbing a sore) is the testing method used to accurately confirm herpes where a sore is present at testing. PCR tests are used routinely for people who present with a sore … Read Full Answer
I had unprotected sex with someone who later found out they were positive for herpes (HSV2.) I have not experienced any symptoms as of now and it's been 20 days following our contact. What are best steps I can take to get myself tested accurately if I have not displayed any lesions?
Your willingness to get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) is a great step. We’d recommend a full STI screen … Read Full Answer
My roommate accidentally used my chapstick and 2 days later I realized she had a cold sore on her lip. I wanted to know if sharing of chapstick or lipstick spreads herpes. I have heard that the herpes virus is highly contagious.
Sharing lip balms has the potential for transmitting herpes, even though this is not a common way herpes spreads. Sharing chapstick or lipstick should be avoided to reduce risk of transmission. … Read Full Answer
Is herpes hereditary?
Herpes is not hereditary. It’s not passed genetically from parent to child. People get genital or oral herpes from skin-to-skin contact with someone who is shedding the herpes virus (most … Read Full Answer
Can I (a male) have children despite the fact that I have both HIV and Herpes?
Yes, you absolutely can become a parent with HIV and herpes. HIV treatment can allow you … Read Full Answer
I was just diagnosed with herpes and am having a very painful outbreak. What can I do to manage the pain and speed up the healing?
Herpes cannot be cured, but there may be things you can do to manage the pain and get through an outbreak. … Read Full Answer
I've never had sores "down there" before and I started seeing a new person in the last couple months and now all of a sudden I do. Is it safe to say my new partner may have infected me?
Before we get into it, just remember that without seeing a clinician about the sores that you have now, we don’t know what it is. Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could cause similar sores. But it’s great to hear that you’ve been tested … Read Full Answer
Hello There, please I have a question concerning Herpes blood testing. How much reliable is the IgG testing for past infection and for current infection?
Herpes is a common viral infection and many people with herpes may not have any symptoms or confuse it for another skin condition … Read Full Answer
Are there any infections that can pass from a nipple to a baby in breastfeeding?
Some sexually transmitted infections or medications to treat them can affect breastfeeding. There are benefits to talking to your doctor or nurse about STIs, STI medications you are taking and … Read Full Answer
I was at a party and got really drunk with this girl. We didn't have sex, but what infections could I get from touching her breasts and her butt hole with my bare hands?
There are 2 considerations here: sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the potential impact of alcohol on a sexual encounter. Our intact skin is a great defense against most STIs. Touching … Read Full Answer
What does a herpes sore look like and what does a syphilis sore look like?
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
An STI test is a pee test right?
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
Do I have to stop having sex if I have an STD?
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