Anonymous asked: I gave someone a blow job without a condom. Could I really have an STI in my mouth? And if so, is it treatable? And how long would it take for me to notice it?

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I gave someone a blow job without a condom. Could I really have an STI in my mouth? And if so, is it treatable? And how long would it take for me to notice it?

Types of STIs orally. The most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to spread via oral sex are herpes, HPV (Human papillomavirus), and gonorrhea. Other two less common chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.

Symptoms or signs. Most STIs do not have signs or symptoms that we can see or feel. Many times the effect STIs have on your body is internal. Herpes and HPV would have signs in the mouth, gonorrhea and chlamydia would be in the throat. HIV would affect the whole body. Syphilis would show in the mouth and eventually affect the whole body if not treated. If there was signs…:

  • Herpes would be small sores or bumps that can turn into open sores in your mouth (including gums and tongue).
  • HPV would be warts in mouth (including gums and tongue), almost all HPV types do not have symptoms that are visible/noticeable in the mouth.
  • Gonorrhea would feel like having strep throat or a sore throat, if it was a type that has that kind of symptoms. Many cases of gonorrhea in Alaska does not have symptoms but has long term effects if not treated. 
  • HIV would feel like a short or mild flu.
  • Syphilis would show in the mouth as small sores or rash.

Length of time for testing. If there was going to be symptoms, the length of time varies according to your own bodies health. A good window for symptoms is 1-5 days and up to 2 weeks for gonorrhea. You can be tested for gonorrhea. Make sure to tell your provider that you are wanting to be tested orally, an urine test or vaginal swab can’t detect gonorrhea in the throat. You can get tested one week after exposure or when symptoms appear, whatever is sooner.

HIV and Syphilis testing is recommended two weeks after exposure and another test again at 3 months.

There are no good tests for HPV or herpes. For both you can never have symptoms and still carry the herpes virus or HPV. Herpes or HPV in one person may cause signs but their sexually partner who has the same type of herpes may never have any signs or symptoms.

Treatment. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are easily cured with short-term antibiotics (just like an ear infection!).

There are no cures for HPV or herpes only treatment for the symptoms. Both are extremely common. It’s estimated that 25% of the US population has HPV, 58% has Herpes type-1 and 16% has Herpes type-2. Both types of herpes can be passed between genitals and mouth. Some people can naturally get rid of the virius (called shedding the virus). If symptoms appear go see your healthcare provider to talk about treatment options. To learn more about the long-term health effects of HPV please go the CDC’s fact sheet on HPV.

There are no cures for HIV, but treatment that makes the virus manageable. People who get diagnosed early with HIV and take daily medication have the same life expectancy as HIV negative persons and live full, healthy lives.

Learn even more about each type of STI, symptoms, treatments, and long-term effects on the body at our website.

Thanks again for you question. Feel free to ask follow-up or additional questions!

-Your iknowmine.org team

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium HIV/STD Program

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Thanks #scfgathering2014 for an amazing event and to everyone who stopped by, said hi, and spread the word of SPAWNING SAFELY!

Thanks #scfgathering2014 for an amazing event and to everyone who stopped by, said hi, and spread the word of SPAWNING SAFELY!

Come take a picture and enter to win a Spawn Safely shirt! We’re here until 2p! #nnhaad

Come take a picture and enter to win a Spawn Safely shirt! We’re here until 2p! #nnhaad

Calling all #natives in #ak: get an #HIV test in March & enter to win a free Kindle Fire HDX at www.iknowmine.org/nnhaad #nativehawaiian #aknative #americanindian #nnhaad

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It’s that time again! National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 20. Our intern David is making our popular #NNHAAD buttons. They say: “I’m ______ and I care. Protect our People, Take the test!” We have Alaskan, provider, American Indian, Athabascan, Cup’ik, Eyak, Haida,  Iñupiaq, Sugpiaq, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Unanga, and Yup’ik! First five people to private message us with their choice and address gets one! (at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

It’s that time again! National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 20. Our intern David is making our popular #NNHAAD buttons. They say: “I’m ______ and I care. Protect our People, Take the test!” We have Alaskan, provider, American Indian, Athabascan, Cup’ik, Eyak, Haida, Iñupiaq, Sugpiaq, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Unanga, and Yup’ik! First five people to private message us with their choice and address gets one! (at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

plannedparenthood:

Using two methods of birth control, like the pill+condoms, is the BEST protection from pregnancy AND STDs. Better to be double safe than double sorry!

Two is always better than one when it comes to sexual health!

plannedparenthood:

Using two methods of birth control, like the pill+condoms, is the BEST protection from pregnancy AND STDs. Better to be double safe than double sorry!

Two is always better than one when it comes to sexual health!

Order free condoms anytime to anywhere in Alaska today and remember consent is: yes means yes and that is sexy.

Order free condoms anytime to anywhere in Alaska today and remember consent is: yes means yes and that is sexy.

Enter to win one of our awesome Spawn Safely shirts. Head over to our Facebook to comment on the contest image answering this question: What does Spawn Safely mean to you?
We will announce 14 winners on 4/14/14 to celebrate safe sex and safe relationships!
Remember you can always ask us (via Tumblr or here) any health related question to get free answers from medical providers, order free condoms, and get a free at-home STD test!

Enter to win one of our awesome Spawn Safely shirts. Head over to our Facebook to comment on the contest image answering this question: What does Spawn Safely mean to you?

We will announce 14 winners on 4/14/14 to celebrate safe sex and safe relationships!

Remember you can always ask us (via Tumblr or here) any health related question to get free answers from medical providers, order free condoms, and get a free at-home STD test!

Tomorrow at #UAA the IKM team will be doing DIY dental dam demos! Rasmuson Hall Lobby 10-2p. Free condoms & shirts!

Tomorrow at #UAA the IKM team will be doing DIY dental dam demos! Rasmuson Hall Lobby 10-2p. Free condoms & shirts!

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Get with yr friends and makes space to have real talk about relationships, sex, and what love is.  Take time to learn about healthy relationships, what is dating violence (it’s more than physical assault), how to help a friend, and how to help yourself.Remember, it takes more than one person to make a relationship healthy.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Get with yr friends and makes space to have real talk about relationships, sex, and what love is.  Take time to learn about healthy relationships, what is dating violence (it’s more than physical assault), how to help a friend, and how to help yourself.

Remember, it takes more than one person to make a relationship healthy.

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