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If you are looking for an answer to your question on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or reproductive and sexual health issues, ASHA has the answers. Our panel of experts – including physicians, nurse practitioners, and other professionals with experience across a range of medical and health specialties – will provide answers and insight a wide range of STI and sexual health topics.

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Questions and Expert Answers


Can I treat genital warts by myself?

I’ve had genital warts for about a year, and have made several trips to a clinic for treatment with cryotherapy. The treatment was little more than the nurse zapping the warts with the spray. Could I buy one of these units and just do it myself?

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Can herpes live on surfaces?

I read that the herpes virus does not last very long outside the body. I’m sending you two studies I found online that suggest HSV can live for two hours at room temperature. Which information is correct?


Could I have gotten herpes from oral sex?

I was in a serious relationship for two years with this guy but out of anger I let another guy perform oral sex on me. I’m starting to think I have herpes because my vagina has been very irritated and red and maybe a little swollen.

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Will a urine test pick up chlamydia in the anus or rectum?

I am a 23-year old woman, one steady partner now but a couple of other sexual partners in the last year or so. I had a urine test for chlamydia that was negative, but I’ve had anal sex, too. Would the test I had also pick up on chlamydia in the anus or rectum?

Pap test

I had an abnormal Pap, did I give my boyfriend HPV?

I had my Pap test a month ago and just received a letter saying my Pap test is unclear. I’m scared because the night before I got the letter, my boyfriend and I had sex. Now I’m freaking out that I’ve given him HPV.

Premature ejaculation

How can I deal with premature ejaculation?

I am an 18 year old male. Every time I lay with my girlfriend and hold her I get an erection and prematurely ejaculate. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Is there something wrong with me?

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I’m a guy, why do I need the HPV vaccine?

I’m a 15 year old guy and my doctor said she thinks I should get the HPV vaccine. Is the vaccine safe? And why do guys need a vaccine to protect them against a disease that affects females?

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What is foreplay?

What is foreplay? “Foreplay” is generally defined as any sexual or romantic activity that prepares someone for intercourse.

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Why did I need two types of STI tests?

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 types of STI tests.

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