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You did not include your age so I have included information for young teens. In most states, the answer to your question would be yes. The federal law allows for women to seek services for family planning and testing for sexually transmitted infections if they are 13 years or older. In most states, the state law will follow the federal law. The problem for young women is that if they do not want their parents to know that they are sexually active, your insurance will send home an explanation of benefits (EOB) that will tell the parent(s) that their daughter was seen in the clinic but will not tell the parents what the visit was for. The parent(s) may ask their child why they went to clinic so, if there is not good communication between the adults and the child, things could get messy! You want to find a clinic that is youth friendly. The website, Advocates for Youth, has lots of information about teen rights and youth friendly services. The link is: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/

From time to time, we hear that uncircumcised guys have an increased risk for STDs but what we know from research is that this is not true. So, the good news is, if a male is uncircumcised, then they don’t need a circumcision! We do know there is strong evidence about the effectiveness of adult circumcision for the reduction of HIV acquisition in men. In this case, men who are at high risk of exposure to HIV (men having sex with men), might want to talk to their care provider about ways to prevent getting HIV, which might include a discussion on the risks and benefits of circumcision.

Anyone who has sex with another person is at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. No one is exempt. Gay, straight, or somewhere in between, it’s important to practice safer sex. Compared to vaginal and anal intercourse, oral sex is less risky, but there is still a risk of infection. If you do have vaginal or anal intercourse, using a latex barrier reduces the risk of infection. To further reduce the risk of infection during oral sex, use condoms or dental dams.

DNA from your past partners cannot cause pregnancy months later. When it comes to sexually transmitted infections, it’s totally possible to carry bacteria or viruses that cause infections for many years after being exposed. People can have STIs for a long time without realizing it if they don’t get tested, and most STIs don’t go away on their own.

Many STIs have no symptoms, or have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed. If you’ve been having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex and you haven’t been tested, it’s really important that you do that. Also, make sure you’re using condoms or another barrier method to protect yourself and your partner.

As long as they are latex so that you are protected from exposure to STIs. You cannot use the same condom for vaginal/anal sex, and you should only use a water soluble lubricant – never Vaseline.

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