STD Q&A | Urban Medical HK

What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

STD are diseases that are spread through sexual activity, including vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, and sometimes direct skin to skin contact (for herpes and HPV).

I don’t have any symptoms, does that mean I don’t have STDs?

No. Not everyone will exhibit symptoms after infection. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.

Can condom prevent all STDs?

Condoms can prevent a lot of STDs including HIV, but it cannot prevent STDs that are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact (such as syphilis, genital herpes or HPV) or through areas that are not covered by a condom.

Is condom 100% effective?

Condoms are not 100% effective, many factors can lower the effectiveness of condoms, including choosing the wrong size, or using a lubricant that is incompatible with the condom you use. For example, DO NOT use oil-based lubricants with latex condoms. If used properly, condom is very effective in preventing STDs.

I am on PrEP, so I don’t need to use a condom.

No, PrEP only protects you from HIV but not other STDs. A recent study from 2019 reported an increased incidence of STD from 69.5 to 98.4 per 100 persons-years among gay and bisexual men using PrEP.

Can I get an STD from kissing?

Yes, you can get herpes from kissing. Oral herpes is caused by HSV-1, which can be transmitted to the genitals causing genital herpes.

Is oral sex safe?

No, some STDs can be transmitted through oral sex, such as HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HPV and others.

My partner is diagnosed with an STD, what should I do?

You should get tested right away to confirm infection status and receive treatment if necessary. You should also avoid having sex (including oral, vaginal or anal, with or without a condom) with others until you and your partner are cleared of infection.

Can I be re-infected after I was treated?

Yes, many STDs can be reinfected, which is why it is important for both you and your sexual partner(s) to get tested and receive treatment to avoid getting re-infected.

Can I share my medication with my partner?

No, to ensure effective treatment, you should take all of the medicine prescribed to you.



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