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
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
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
No, condoms are a one time use item that should not be re-used. (Even with the same sexual partner … 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
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
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
Sex under the influence of drugs is a choice some people make … 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
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
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
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
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
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