Sexually Transmitted Infections

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...