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degrassifan18
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Hi there,

Today I was tested for a uti as well as a yeast infection. I don't think I could have an sti as I've always used condoms for intercourse (not for oral though). I wasn't too worried, but a friend told me that sti's can "travel" through the body? As well apparently some sti's can cause right shoulder pain? I never told the doctor this as I thought I just pulled a muscle in my exercise class. The doctor took a swab to see if there was a yeast infection, do you think they could pick up on an sti if there was one? I also gave a urine sample.

Thanks, sorry for the long message!!!

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Heather
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Condoms REDUCE the risk of STIs. They don't make the risks 0.

They just reduce them. By quite a lot, so they are very effective at that, but even with condoms, STIs are very much still a possible risk. Plus, if you're only using them for intercourse, but not for all activities with STI risks, like oral, your risks have probably been higher than you think, all around.

To get tested for STIs, we usually have to ask for those tests. Also, a cervical or vaginal swab is only one kind of testing, for only a couple STIs. Other tests require blood or urine samples. If you didn't ask to be tested, you probably were not tested.

No,w, the pain in your shoullder is not likely to be about an STI, but if you have been sexually active and never gotten tested, it's really important you start doing that at least every year. Most STIs do not present symptoms, so testing is how we know our status. And condoms and barriers are only one part of safer sex: testing is another, and they are equally important.

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