Sexually Transmitted Infections

A list of Sexually Transmitted Infections (aka Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

Published: May 17 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle Can you tell me what things are sexually transmitted? I’m not sure what to be worrying about. Although I don’t think you should spend a lot of time worrying, here is my comprehensive list of sexually transmissible infections. It’s pretty inclusive, although I’m sure there are infections that I didn&rsquo...

I've given someone an STI ... what do I tell previous partners?

Published: Apr 18 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, I’ve infected someone with an STI. Should I inform an ex-partner who gave me unprotected oral sex once? There was a definite mixing of secretions. Is there anything that this former partner could do now that would help? I think that it’s important to tell your ex-partner that you found out that you have a Sexually...

Just found out my ex has HPV

Published: Apr 18 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, I just found out that an ex-girlfriend of mine has HPV. She had a wart two years before we started dating and never told me (I’m not a happy camper right now). From what I’ve read about the passing of the virus, I have every reason to believe I’m infected, because I’ve had unprotected sex and oral sex...

Condom leakage ... what to do?

Published: Apr 22 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, My husband and I often use condoms. However, we are having trouble with leakage. When he ejaculates, the fluid runs out the bottom of the condom at the base of his penis. Even if he pulls out the instant he is done, there is often some of his fluid on my vaginal lips. We haven’t tried every brand of condom out there, so I...

Is it safe sex to give a hand job?

Published: Apr 22 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, Does a "hand job" pose any risk of STI transmission? It seems harmless. This is common in massage places and in casual sex these days. Sorry, but the "hand-to-penis connection" is a easy way to get some undesirable infections. Three scenarios: Imagine that you have little tears in your skin from washing...

Questions about HPV

Published: Apr 22 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, Some common questions about HPV. I thought that two women couldn’t give each other STI’s, and now an old partner (from five years ago) is telling me she got HPV from me. I think I have genital warts on my penis, and although they were frozen off once, I don’t think they’ve ever gone away. Are they...

Condoms in porn movies

Published: Mar 17 2014
Dear Dr. Myrtle, Why aren’t porn stars wearing condoms? Does that present a risk to the actors? If not, do you know why it doesn’t? Porn stars aren't wearing condoms because a portion of visual erotica viewers wants to see them without condoms. Actors are often paid more if they are willing to perform without protection, giving them...

Am I allergic to latex?

Published: Apr 22 2006
Dear Dr. Myrtle, My partner and I are fine with wearing condoms, but I get a painful, red rash right at the opening of my vagina after we use them. I’m thinking that I’m allergic to latex condoms. What should I do? First, a word about latex allergies: Latex allergies are more common now than they were even ten years ago, because...

Is my sex toy infected?

Published: Apr 23 2008
Dear Dr. Myrtle, I recently found out that I had an STI, and I had it treated with antibiotics. However, I own a couple of sex toys that I used while I was infected. I know that you say not to share sex toys with partners, so I’m wondering: if I can infect someone else with my sex toy, can’t I also reinfect myself with my toys? Do I...

Polyurethane + Lubricant Safety

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Is it safe to use any lubricant with a polyurethane condom? The Trojan packaging says not to use anything, but I really need something else to feel comfortable using them.   Short Answer Although you need to be careful which type of lubricant you pick, there are a few lubricants that have been cleared in FDA testing for use with...