Below are some of the questions people like you have sent us about sexual transmitted infections (STIs).
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As a gay man I hear a lot about testing for HIV and hepatitis; what about other STIs? Please tell me what tests I should be thinking about.
I am a 23-year old woman, one steady partner now but a couple of lovers in the last year or so. I had a urine test for chlamydia that was (thankfully) okay and said I don’t have it. I’ve had anal sex, too, and didn’t mention that to the people at the clinic. Would the test I had also pick up on chlamydia in the anus or rectum?
My doctor tested me for trich by taking a swab from my vagina, and then tested my urine for chlamydia. I don’t understand why I needed two tests. My friend was tested for a bunch of STIs and said they used a swab for her to test for trich, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
How does a person get hepatitis C? I thought it had to be inherited or you had to come into contact with someone who has it, like with an open wound. I was told I tested positive for hepatitis C but we have no family history of this infection?
I just took the treatment for chlamydia yesterday (I think azithromycin). I forgot about the doctor’s instructions and drank a bit of beer, about half a cup. Is this going to affect the treatment?
I was reading a fact sheet on bacterial vaginosis (BV) and it said “BV can increase a woman’s susceptibility to other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea.” I don’t understand this–what does that mean?
Would you please tell me how long a person can have trichomoniasis and carry it? Could it have been passed on almost three months with only light symptoms?
Somebody I was with told me he has chlamydia and that his clinic said I should be tested. I don’t have any symptoms and don’t want to spend the money to test for something I may not even have. Do I really need to get tested?