“I have recently discovered my boyfriend of the past 6 months has had unprotected sex with a female infected with genital wartsbefore me and then had unprotected sex with me when we got together. Is there any way to tell now if I have sometihng before I make an appointment? And is there a law or something against knowing you have an STD and having unprotected sex with an unknown party? Any information you have about this I would appreciate”
A: “Genital warts may cause abnormal bumps or growths that may appear in or around the gentital area. They may be raised or flat, soft or hard, single or multiple, flesh colored and pain less. However, some warts that appear inside the vagina may not be noticed unless examined by a medical professional. If you feel you have been exposed to genital warts make an appointment with your reproductive health care provider who will be able to examine you and your partner more closely. As far as a law, I am unaware of any.”
“I heard there was a new shot that could help prevent people from getting herpes from someone who is already infected. If so, do you have this shot at your clinic so that I can receive it in the near future?”
A: Right now, there is no vaccination to protect against getting herpes. There are medications that someone with herpes can take to relieve their symptoms, but there are no medications to prevent its spread. The only way to help protect against herpes is to use a condom correctly and consistently with every act of intercourse.
“If Im sure I have chlamydia, do I still need to be tested in order to receive antibiotics to treat it? I’m displaying all of the symptoms and my recent ex girlfriend came back positive for it.”
A: “You would need to bring a copy of your ex girlfriends positive test result with you to your appointment in order to receive treatment. If you cannot get a copy of this document you will be tested at your appointment.”
“I have had unprotected sex with a man who has herpes. I have some questions. What tests are available to be certain I didn’t get the virus? What are the potential signs/symptoms I should look for? How long does it take to find out if I have been infected or how long is the potential risk period of it showing up?”
A: “Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection and by taking a sample of the fluid from the sore. A blood test is available to detect the herpes virus, however, this test can not tell the difference between Herpes simplex 1 (the herpes virus that causes cold sores/fever blisters) and Herpes simplex 2 (the virus that causes genital herpes). Typical signs and symptoms of a herpes infection include the appearance of one or more blisters on or around the genitals. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks aftr the virus is transmitted. In the future, always use protection consistently and correctly to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading sexually transmitted infections.”
“I was showering today and i noticed a piece of skin from my vagina it doesnt hurt or bleed. I felt inside and realized its not normal. Its inflammed a lot and i dont know what it is. It doesnt burn or itch. I didnt know it was like that but i know it hasnt been like that a whole month. What could it be? What do i need to do to fix this. Can i come in? please help im worried.”
A: If you are having problems we recommend calling and making an appointment. It is hard to diagnose the problem until you see a physician.
“i had sex last weekend with 2 guys but it was a mistake and i feel weeird i think i might have and std..theres burning and itching alot of itching?..and i dont think there is anything else but should i get a check up with out my parents knowing?…how much is it to get a checkup??”
A: “I strongly urge you to contact Family Planning at 440-992-5953 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Any kind of burning or itching in the genital area is not normal. The sooner you get treatment the better. All of our services are confidential which means unless we have your written permission, we can not tell anybody you were here, why you were here, etc. Also, our services are based on a sliding fee scale or according to your income.”
“I was diagnosed a few years ago with HVS. I have several questions. I came in for a checkup and had what I though was chaffing. It turned out to be HVS. I have never had symptom of an outbreak until today I think. My stuff feels tingly and I hurt inside like I just had marathon sex. My sexual activity had decreased to virtually nothing since diagnosed. I am very concerned my BF is cheating on me and am not sure if what I am feeling is an outbreak or something else. How would I know seeing as I don’t feel symptoms? Can I come in and be screened for everything possible?”
A: The symptoms for women do not always show externally. If a woman gets a herpes outbreak on the cervix or vagina and not externally, she may develop vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, or burning with urination. Family Planning does provide STD testing and treatment. If you are concerned, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible.
“Recently found out that one of my sexual partners’ ex girlfriend got diagnoed with cervical cancer. I hav regular pap smears and am not due for one until march. Should i go get one to make sure i dont have hpv?”
A: If you have had routine pap smears, there is no need to go and get a pap smear now. Just continue to get your routine pap smears.
“Do you have to call ahead of time to get checked for herpes or any disease? Also if you are infected with herpes do they show signs that you have it?”
A: To get tested for STI’s, you will need to call and schedule an appointment. When a person is infected with herpes, the person may or may not show visible symptoms.
“How often should you be tested for S.T.D.’s? Can you be tested at family planning, and do you have to make an appoitment?”
A: “If you are not in a long-term mutually monogomous relationship with one other uninfected person, it is a good idea to be screened for sexually transmitted infections once a year. We do screen for STIs at Family Planning and appointments are required.”