Glad to hear that you are finding PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) an effective strategy to prevent HIV. PrEP is part of the toolbox we call Treatment as Prevention. Because you are in Winnipeg, you can come to Nine Circles Community Health Centre and talk to a testing nurse about starting PrEP … Read Full Answer
Evidence indicates that the most common route of HIV transmission is sex. Condomless penis-vagina sex can put either of the partners at risk for transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. … Read Full Answer
HIV 1 and HIV 2 – both these types are transmitted in exactly the same ways, and people should adapt the same prevention methods … Read Full Answer
Whether the individual is menstruating or not, condomless vaginal sex, can be a risk factor for passing on sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) like … Read Full Answer
Unfortunately there is no cure for HIV, though cure related research is happening all over the globe. However, there is effective treatment for HIV that can improve a person’s immune … Read Full Answer
Some sexually transmitted infections affect breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor or nurse about reducing the risk of passing the STI to your baby while breastfeeding: If you have HIV, breastfeeding is … Read Full Answer
IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are a long acting, highly effective and reversible birth control method. The IUD itself does not increase the risk of STIs, but it also does not prevent STIs. … 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
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
There are a few things to consider in this situation: STI prevention, testing and communication.
In terms of prevention, there are effective options for you no matter who you are sexually active with … 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