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Are there things I can do to protect my girlfriend from stds?

Are there things I can do to protect my girlfriend from stds?

Only two ways!: First, do not have an std yourself. Avoiding promiscuous behavior is foremost. Seeing a physician should be axiomatic. Second, make sure you use barrier protection. May take some mental pleasure away, but it is the next safest thing to do. Finally, make sure she does not have an std already. Passage is two ways! ...Read more

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What types of things could return false positives in STD testing?

What types of things could return false positives in STD testing?

Lupus, old age...: False-positive syphilis screens are common in older folks and especially in lupus; that's why we follow up. The herpes antibody blood tests are notoriously unreliable. Interpreting microbiology smears requires expertise; I once had to defend a bogus "child abuse" case in which a pediatrician mistook chickenpox for gonorrhea based on his ignorance interpreting a lab test. ...Read more

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How long will you have to wait after sex/sex related things to get a STD test?

Variable: Gonnorhea or chlamydia can be urine tested after 2-3 days, syphilis or hpv when sore or lesion develops, can be weeks, blood tests take time because there have to be organism or antibodies develop, i.E hiv/aids or syphilis. Early tests can give both false positive & false negative results. Later testing much more reliable. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes test for STDs and other things like that without a parent needed or knowing anything?

Do people sometimes test for STDs and other things like that without a parent needed or knowing anything?

Yes, in most states: In most of states a minor can consent for std testing without parental consents. Minor can consent for pregnancy testing and termination in several states. ...Read more

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What are the things we should take take care of while having sex with unknown person. Can kissing pass the stds.

What are the things we should take take care of while having sex with unknown person. Can kissing pass the stds.

Kissing can pass STD: Better to take a little time to get to know a person, before such intimate contact occurs. Use normal precautions, condoms, and common sense. Its an unforgiving world out there. The onus is on you to take care of yourself, and remember, you kiss your mother with that mouth. ...Read more

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What are other things that causes vaginal irritation besides std?

What are other things that causes vaginal irritation besides std?

STDs: Bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, chemical irritation and other things. Would need far more info to try and answer your question in further detail. My suggestion is that if you feel you were exposed to an std go and see a doctor, be examined and tested thoroughly. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have little red things on my pennis, I never had sex before is that an STD? Please answer ASAP.

I have little red things on my pennis, I never had sex before is that an STD? Please answer ASAP.

STD: There are many possibilities. If you have had unprotected sex you should be seen by a doctor and appropriately evaluated. Canada has a great medical care system with terrific doctors. Go and see one. ...Read more

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What are some things other than STDs that can cause itching in the penis? (sorry if this is inappropriate)

What are some things other than STDs that can cause itching in the penis? (sorry if this is inappropriate)

Pre Cancer: Fungal infection, dermatitis, allergic responses to clothing, allergies in general are most common. However, do not forget that venereal warts and precancerous skin conditions can also occur. Intraepithelial neoplasia, squamous cell cancer, paget's disease. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can spotting only be a result of pregnancy or stds? Or can it be from stress and other different things that can affect your body physically

Can spotting only be a result of pregnancy or stds? Or can it be from stress and other different things that can affect your body physically

Not necessarily...: Definitely not necessarily caused by pregnancy or infections. There are some hormonal problems that can cause irregular vaginal bleeding like thyroid issues and poly cystic ovarian syndrome among others. At certain times stress especially when severe can cause menstrual issues as well. Besides emotional stress, poor diet habits, excessive exercise, just to mention a couple can cause this problem. ...Read more

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Can abnormal pap make my gyno think I have an std when I don't? OBGYN said that could be causing them to see things that aren't really there?

Can abnormal pap make my gyno think I have an std when I don't? OBGYN said that could be causing them to see things that aren't really there?

HPV infection: HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that you may not equate with usual STDs, but is a common cause of abnormal PAP smears.
You are young enough that you should take HPV vaccination. ...Read more

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I have the things coming through the pores outside and inside from my nose also the skin is very oily it must be a STD which I've caught stdfromtoilet?

I have the things coming through the pores outside and inside from my nose also the skin is very oily it must be a STD which I've caught stdfromtoilet?

Not sure how to: Answer this question. You describe issues related to your nose but yet you feel like this is a related to a STD. Not that you don't have a problem, but it's not likely a STD causing these issues. Additionally realize it's very unlikely that you've be infected with an STD from a toilet set. Most bacteria, viruses, and parasites cannot live outside a person for any prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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Got red gash mark type things where pubes are I'm a virgin so no std/sti?

Got red gash mark type things where pubes are I'm a virgin so no std/sti?

Need to examine: See your PCP and let them examine you. Must see these to know what they are. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hello Drs, I have weird things on my penis (like dots). They appeared before I was sexually active so I don't think it's an STD. Can someone help me?

Hello Drs, I have weird things on my penis (like dots). They appeared before I was sexually active so I don't think it's an STD. Can someone help me?

Normal: What you are seeing is normal. Small white pearly nodule or vesicle like structures at the junction of the glans and body of the penis are normal structures. These are neither weird nor a sign of STD.
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 been swabed for STD and the results were negative but I have wart like things at base of penis. What could this be?

I have been swabed for STD and the results were negative but I have wart like things at base of penis. What could this be?

STD Testing: Std swabs test for gonorrhea or chlamydia. They do not test (there is no such test) for hpv, the wart virus. You probably have warts. ...Read more

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Can just a blood test detect all untreatable std's in women? I don't want my spouse's hymen torn by pap-smear like tests by inserting things into her v

Can just a blood test detect all untreatable std's in women? I don't want my spouse's hymen torn by pap-smear like tests by inserting things into her v

Bad information: Congratulations on your impending marriage. And I'm sorry -- somebody has given you very bad information. Prior to marriage, a blood test for syphilis is all that we need. Nobody's going to culture her cervix without symptoms. This pathologist doesn't think a woman needs a pap smear until she becomes sexually active -- it's not the guideline but it makes sense. And what std is untreatable? ...Read more

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I have these white pimple looking things on the top back and on the foreskin of my penis. I know they aren't pearly penile skin things. STD maybe?

I have these white pimple looking things on the top back and on the foreskin of my penis. I know they aren't pearly penile skin things. STD maybe?

Might be STD: If you had unprotected sex. Advise to get yourself checked at a clinic or by a dermatologist/veneriologist or urologist ...Read more

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I have lots of very small cyst like stony things on the skin between labia majora and minora. Does not hurt, no pus. I'm virgin, so not std. What are this?

I have lots of very small cyst like stony things on the skin between labia majora and minora. Does not hurt, no pus. I'm virgin, so not std. What are this?

Eruption: Need to see these in order to diagnose them. Show them to your doctor. They sound benign, but without an exam no way to really tell. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does chlamydia come from urine or other things on the penis? Bf said he was STD free. Could he have passed it to me from something on his penis?

Does chlamydia come from urine or other things on the penis? Bf said he was STD free. Could he have passed it to me from something on his penis?

Chlamydia=STD: Chlamydia is an STD, so it is passed by sexual contact. If you are only having sex with your boyfriend, then you got chlamydia from him, which means he is also having sex with others. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can entering things in anal (finger, pens, dildo, carrot, colonoscope, .) consider a risk factor for anal or rectal cancer (not with hpv and stds)?

Can entering things in anal (finger, pens, dildo, carrot, colonoscope, .) consider a risk factor for anal or rectal cancer (not with hpv and stds)?

No: The link to HPV is clear-cut, but this won't up risk. Be careful with pens or anything else that can perforate your mucosa or that could become lodged there. If this is something you really want to do, with yourself or with others, fine. There's no understanding personal turn-ons. If this is compulsive / unwanted behavior, a short course of cognitive-behavioral therapy might free you from it. ...Read more

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Had a pap smear done and doctor said she didn't see any bacteria or yeast in the discharge so does that mean no stds like trich and things like that?

Had a pap smear done and doctor said she didn't see any bacteria or yeast in the discharge so does that mean no stds like trich and things like that?

Other tests needed: Pap smear plus microscopical exam of vaginal fluid picks up some but not all STDs. It sounds like you don't have bacterial vaginosis, yeast, or trichomonas, but if at risk you also need labs tests of vaginal fluid to check for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and blood tests for HIV and syphilis, and sometimes others. Probably these were done, but If in doubt clarify with the doctor or clinic. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having chronic non-std epididymo-orchitis, and I notice that it is accompanied by pain in my left hip joint. Could it be infection or other things?

I am having chronic non-std epididymo-orchitis, and I notice that it is accompanied by pain in my left hip joint. Could it be infection or other things?

Probably unrelated: Probably is just a coincidence. Or maybe radiated pain that doesn't indicate any actual hip joint problem. However, if it continues or is severe, or if pain in the hip with walking, see your doctor to check it out. One uncommon possibility is reactive arthritis, a condition that sometimes complicates genitourinary or intestinal infections or inflammation. But ReA rarely affects only the hips. ...Read more

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What s all the ways to get a STD is it honestly only through sex?

What s all the ways to get a STD is it honestly only through sex?

Yup: That's why they're called sexually transmitted diseases. Of course, tainted blood in a transfusion or contaminated needle pricks can transmit some std like HIV or hcv. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have or been exsposed to an STD/STI with in 12 hours? If so which one (s)

Too soon: Gonorrhea and chlamydia testing is valid after 4-5 days, but no sooner. Blood tests for syphilis, HIV, etc take a few weeks. Be on the alert for symptoms like discharge from the penis, painful urination, or genital sores, which can show up any time from 2 days to a couple of weeks. Get checked ASAP if symptoms appear, otherwise best to wait a few days. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have or been exsposed to an STD/STI with in 12 hours? If so which one (s).

Can you tell if you have or been exsposed to an STD/STI with in 12 hours? If so which one (s).

Don't bet on it: If you suspect you have been exposed pay attention and get checked out with any change in your system or at least every 6 mo. Viral illnesses like herpes and HIV take time to set up in your system and 12 hrs is too soon for them to show their presence, or generate any positive tests.Chlamydia & gonorrhea may produce no symptoms but should turn tests positive within the first week. ...Read more

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Which STDs are permanent?

Which STDs are permanent?

Few: Hiv is treatable, but not curable, yet. Herpes does not have a cure, but there are treatments to decrease outbreaks and to decrease the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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How are oral stds tested?

How are oral stds tested?

Exam: Usually oral condylomas are diagnosed by a clinical presentation and possible biopsy ...Read more