If I've never had sex is it possible that I have an STI?
Generally speaking, no. The only small exception would be oral herpes, otherwise known as cold sores. Sometimes people get cold sores when they're young and they get kissed on the cheek or lips by someone who has a cold sore. In this case, the herpes wouldn't have been sexually transmitted, but if you have it you can transmit it to someone else through sexual activity.
In parts of the world where medical care is hard to access, people can be born with STIs because the infections are transmitted from their mothers during childbirth or breastfeeding.
I'm worried I may have an sti and I can't talk to my parents about it so I can't get anything to treat it. What do I do?
We recommend visiting a medical professional for testing and treatment. At Teen Clinic all of our services are totally confidential, so your parents wouldn't find out. If you're 17 or younger, services are free. 18 and 19 year-olds may pay a small fee.
I need to get tested for an STI but I'm under my parents insurance. Is there anyway I could get anonymous testing?
Yes! If you are under 20 years old you can come into our Teen Clinic. Insurance is not required at Teen Clinic and all of our services are confidential. If you are 17 or under our services are free! If you are 18 or 19 testing is very low cost. Give us a call to make an appointment 303-442-5160
How do you know if you have an STI?
The only way to know is to get tested! A lot of STIs don't show symptoms, so don't just get tested if you're experiencing symptoms. If you're having sex with different people, we recommend getting tested every 3-6 months. If you're in a monogamous relationship (i.e., you're only having sex with one person), we recommend getting tested once a year. We offer testing at Teen Clinic. If you're 17 or younger, services are free. 18 and 19 year-olds may pay a small fee.
Can you get an STI from just touching a penis?
In order for someone to contract an STI, genital to genital contact, mouth to genital contact, exchange of sexual fluids, or exchange of blood must occur. If the penis touched the mouth or genitals, STI transmission could happen.
Could I get an STI even if my girlfriend doesn't have any?
If you are engaging in sexual activity with your girlfriend, neither of you have any other partners, and you have both been tested and know you have no STIs, there would be no way for you to contract an STI.