Expert Answers Factual Answers to Your Sexual Health Questions

Expert Q & A Answers About

Does flavored lubricant weaken condoms or cause any other problems?

Does flavored lubricant weaken condoms? The lubricant I bought is water-based and contains sugar...will it make the condoms less effective in protecting against pregnancy? Also, could the sugar in the lubricant cause an infection for my girlfriend? Thanks for your help and advice.

Can women get a disease or get sick from masturbating?

I’m a teenager and I’ve never had sex...but ever since my health class, I’m afraid that if I touch myself I’ll contract a disease. I have masturbated, but that’s it. For the past three days, I’ve had a stomach virus and I started to feel better today...but then I found a small red bump on my vagina lips really close to my pubic hair. It hurts a little, but not bad. Should I be worried?

How risky is unprotected oral sex?

What is the risk of contracting STDs through oral sex with a man who is not wearing a condom? Is the risk reduced if I don’t swallow the ejaculate?

What kinds of STDs and other infections can a man get from having unprotected anal sex with a woman?

What kinds of STDs and other infections can a man get from having unprotected anal sex with a woman? Recently, while having unprotected anal sex, the base of my penis became pink and irritated. The mild irritation has persisted and jock itch cream isn’t working.

I got a blow job from a prostitute...what STD tests should I get to be safe?

I’m in an unhappy monogamous relationship, so seven days ago I had unprotected oral sex (a blow job) and protected intercourse with a woman I don’t know. When I asked her why she wasn’t using a condom for the oral sex she said that she didn’t have herpes and didn’t think I did either. What STD tests should I consider taking? I feel horrible and scared.

What STD tests should we have before getting married?

My girlfriend and I aren’t going to sleep together until we’re married...but she has had two previous partners, and I haven’t had any. What kinds of STD testing should we have before marriage to make sure we’re both healthy? I’ve heard that HIV might not show any physical effects for a long time, so this worries me.

How do I get tested for STDs?

What tests detect STDs? Is there one test or are there a series of tests?

Could I pass genital warts or genital herpes on to a new partner if I don’t have any symptoms?

I was in a five-year relationship with a man who had been treated for genital warts before I met him. He also had a herpes outbreak that started on his back and later showed up on his genitals. I only used the pill for birth control while we were together. We never had sex when he had a herpes outbreak, and I don’t have any symptoms of herpes or warts, but I’m wondering if I could transmit either disease in new relationships.

Is it dangerous for me to swallow another man’s ejaculate after giving him a blow job?

I’m a 25-year-old man and ⎼ for the last month ⎼ I’ve been sneaking away with a male co-worker so I can perform oral sex on him. He says it gives him relief because he gets turned on by all the provocatively dressed women we work with. Last week, I confided in a female co-worker and she said we should stop. She said that if I give a guy a blow job and swallow, eventually the protein from his sperm will mix with mine and cause an infection in my balls. Is that true?

Can an upper respiratory infection be transmitted to someone during oral sex?

I have a cough that seems to be allergy-related, but it’s gotten worse so I’m getting it checked out. My question is, can an upper respiratory infection be transmitted either to or from someone during oral sex?