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How Quickly Can STDs Be Transferred?

Published: October 7, 2012
Dear How Quickly Can STDs Be Transferred?,

Hi, so I'm in college, never really done anything with guys sexually. The other night a guy and I were naked and rubbing around against each other, fingering, stroking, and oral (for him) were performed. Then he inserted his penis a little way into me, but I stopped it and moved as soon as I realized what he was doing. I am just worried about the possible transfer of any diseases, or if it was likely anything would be transferred that quickly? Also my vagina is still sore, but I thought that might just be because I've never been fingered or penetrated before? Any insight would really help, thanks. I don't really know anything about his sexual history either, just that he has only ever been with 3 girls.


Dear How Quickly Can STDs Be Transferred?,

TeenHealthFX can appreciate your concern. It can be very anxiety-provoking to worry about a potential negative consequence to having unprotected sex, such as the transmission of an STD. There are at least 25 different STDs with a range of symptoms. Depending on the STD, they can be spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex. Whether an STD is transmitted or not has nothing to do with the length of time of contact. If your partner is infected with an STD and contact occurs, transmission can occur. So the issue is one of having an infected partner and the type of contact that occurs, not about the amount of time of the contact.

FX cannot know for sure whether or not an STD was transmitted, so we suggest you meet with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, gynecologist, or a doctor at your college health center so you can get some recommendations on whether any STD testing would be recommended at this time.

 

FX would also recommend that you educate yourself on things like how pregnancy happens, how STDs are transferred, and how to practice safer sex to protect yourself from having to deal with these things. Our resource of the month on Safer Sex Resources from Planned Parenthood will give you links to all of the information you need so that you can make healthy decisions in the future when it comes to your sexual health.

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