Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I get tested for an STD?
Three reasons: health, safety and peace of mind. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 19 million people will become infected with an STD this year. Many of these people won’t even know it unless they experience symptoms. If you have an STD, getting tested can get you quickly connected to treatment and ongoing care, when appropriate. You’ll be taking an important step to protect your sexual health and the health of your partners, too.
- How is HIV passed from one person to another?
HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person.
- Can you get or transmit HIV from kissing?
Unless both partners have large open sores in their mouths, or severely bleeding gums, there is no HIV transmission risk from mouth-to-mouth kissing.
- What is PrEP?
In a recent Medical News Today article, they explain that PrEP stands for “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis.” It is a fixed-dose of antiretroviral drugs that are prescribed and combined with safer sex practices for people
identified to be at high risk for HIV infection. A recent study performed by Dr. Jonathan Volk and others showed that of the individuals taking Truvada, a common antiretroviral used for PrEP,(657 people) no new HIV infections were found! That means a 100% efficacy of the drug, which is basically unheard of in the medical field. However, nearly 200 participants responded to a sex behavior survey sent to them six months later which showed that 74% of them did not change their average number of partners, and they still did not have HIV due to their use of PrEP, but 41% of them did decrease their condom use, which increased the occurrence of other STIs. So, remember, taking PrEP does not protect you against STIs! You have to use it with another form of protection, like a condom!
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