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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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