…The other day I experienced white discharge. Now that this has happened I’m afraid I might have something. I’m so worried and this happened only 3 days ago (the oral sex). Can issues show up that quickly?
Although these can be symptoms of an STI (or sexually transmitted infection), these can also be symptoms of something totally different, like a skin irritation. Before we jump to a conclusion about either one, let’s talk about oral sex and it’s relationship to STIs.
Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal or anal penetration, there is little to no risk. But the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection. There are four ways in which someone can contract an STI. They are…
- Skin to skin contact
- Sexual fluids (vaginal fluids and semen)
- Mother to child
When someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood, sexual fluids, and/or skin. But the good news is that there are ways to prevent STI transmission from happening! Using a condom for oral sex on a penis will help drastically reduce your risk of transmitting an STI. If oral sex is being performed on the vagina or anus, a dental dam can be used to help reduce your risk also! You can pick up free condoms and dental dams at Teen Clinic!
It may be a great idea that you get tested. Most STIs are asymptomatic, meaning that there are no symptoms but that the STI is still causing harm to the body. Because of this, getting tested on a regular basis is a great way to ensure that you’re healthy.
If someone does have symptoms, it’s hard to say when or how they would show up- this depends on that specific person. Depending on what type of STI test someone is getting, the test would usually show accurate results 2 weeks after a potential exposure.
Teen Clinic provides free or low-cost and confidential STI testing, most of which are very simple and painless tests! Remember that flavored condoms and dental dams are effective methods for reducing the transmission of STIs during oral sex! Until you are tested and potentially treated, abstain for sexual activity or use condoms and dental dams.
Give us a call to get more information and/or to make an appointment! 303-442-5160.