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How many days should I wait after possible exposure to get tested for most common stds?

How many days should I wait after possible exposure to get tested for most common stds?

STD screening: Screening guidelines for stds recommend that sexually active men and women should be offered routine screening for hiv. Serologic testing for hepatitis b should also be done. Women with a history of unprotected sex/multiple partners should be screened yearly for gc and chlamydia. Men for chlamydia. The window period for detection of HIV antibodies is 6 wks-6 mos. After exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Can you tell me about the likelihood of STD transmission through a handjob?

Can you tell me about the likelihood of STD transmission through a handjob?

Unlikely: Transmission of an std via masturbation (self or with partner) with hands is highly unlikely. However, one could potentially transmit infections if there were any kind of rash or open sores on the hands. A herpetic lesion on the hand would be an example. ...Read more

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I sat on and touched something wet on my pants and then cleaned my eyes using those fingers. I am worried about transmission of STDs via eyes/nose. ?

I sat on and touched something wet on my pants and then cleaned my eyes using those fingers. I am worried about transmission of STDs via eyes/nose. ?

Hard to know: Hmmm. Depends what the wet substance was. It's easy to infect eyes with just about anything that can call conjunctival mucosa (eye membranes) moistened by tear fluid, home. Remember, some microbes survive even on dry surfaces (staph, enveloped viruses) which means theoretically, you could infect your eyes even before touching that fluid. Infections can damage vision. Get prompt care if concerned. ...Read more

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I shared a mineral/salt bath with someone who was on their period. They were wesring a tampon. Is there any risk of std or hiv transmission?

I shared a mineral/salt bath with someone who was on their period. They were wesring a tampon. Is there any risk of std or hiv transmission?

Nearly no: It is very very unlikely that any microorganism would be transmitted in the situation you described. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have a question about possible cold like symptoms . is it possible to be symptoms of an std?

I have a question about possible cold like symptoms .
is it possible to be symptoms of an std?

Probably not: Of course, "cold symptoms" can mean many things. Typical sx of cough and runny nose are NOT sx of STI. Most STI symptoms are "local" (genital) and include rash, itching, discharge, or pain. That said, it is possible that an isolated "sore throat" could be a symptoms of something more serious like gonorrhea, but unlikely. ...Read more

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Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections are bacterial or viral infections that are transmitted through anal, vaginal, ...Read more