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anne1000
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I recently went on the pill so me and my boyfriend have bee having sex a lot but my friend told me that if he ejaculates inside you infection can occur. Is this true? It's got me a bit worried and if it is true how do i prevent it? [Confused]
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Heather
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Sexually transmitted infections are nearly always a risk, but there are ways of dramatically reducing those risks.

With a new partner, the routine is this. For the first six months you're together:
for oral, vaginal, and/or anal sex, use latex barriers (condoms, dental dams, etc.)
be monogamous, both of you, for those six months
both start with a new STI test series at the start of the six months, then get another at the end.

After that, if both your sets of tests came back with negative results for infections, and you're staying monogamous, the risks are far, far smaller -- reduced by around 70-80% for STIs like Herpes and HPV, and higher than that for all other STIs.

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anne1000
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I don't mean sexually transmitted infections, i know we are both clear on that. What i mean is can infections form from the semen being inside of me.... in a hygeine point of veiw. Sorry i just realised how unclear i was in the last blog lol.
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If both of you have done the whole six-month safer sex practice and keep up with your full STI screenings, then there are not likely going to be infections you don't know about. Semen in and of itself isn't infected, nor does it have elements -- without the presence of other viruses or bacteria from an existing infection -- to create an infection.

Certainly, semen being in the vagina usually temporarily changes the pH balance of the vagina, but that's an imbalance, not an infection, and the vagina rectifies that by itself when it's in good working order.

[ 02-22-2008, 12:06 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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