FAQ

Q: I am Allergic to Latex, what can I use instead?

A: You can request non latex condoms from your local public health office or buy non-latex condoms.

 

Q: How do you get an STI?

A: Having unprotected sex (sex without a condom). Oral sex without a dental dam. Sharing needles, getting homemade tattoos and piercings.

 

Q: Are all STIs treatable?

A: No. Not all STIs are treatable.

 

Q; Can you have an STI and not know it?

A: Yes. Many people have an STI with no symptoms. The only way to make sure you do not have an STI is to get tested.

 

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: There are different symptoms for different STIs. Most common STIs are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea which have similar symptoms such as;

discharge from vagina or penis (Gonorrhea discharge is yellow/green and thicker)

Foul odor

Lower abdominal pain

Spotting (bleeding) after intercourse or during urination (peeing)

Burning feeling when urinating ( peeing)

Not being able to pee or difficulty peeing ( feel like peeing but only a small amount trickles out)

Sores or blisters particularly in your genital area

Itchiness

Swelling of testicles

Rash

Pelvic pain

*You may have only one symptom at a time or several together, or none at all.

 

Q: Can you get an STI from oral sex?

A: Yes. Unprotected oral sex increases the risk of getting an STI for both partners, it doesn’t matter who is giving or receiving. Protect yourself and your partner by using a dental dam during oral sex.

 

Q: Can you get an STI from public washrooms?

A: No. STIs are spread through unprotected sex, sharing of needles (drug use), homemade tattoos, and piercings.

 

Q: How do I get tested?

A: You can go to your local Public Health Office and ask for an STI test which would include a simple urine test and a blood test which can all be done in one visit.

You can also get a swab taken from sores or genitals.

 

Q: What am I getting tested for?

A: Urine or swab will test you for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea; blood test will test for HIV, Syphilis, Hep B, Hep C.