STI questions? All the answers...

Chlamydia (clam-id-eya)

Herpes (her-peas)

HPV (or genital warts)

Trichomoniasis (trick-o-mon-i-asis)

Gonorrhea (gone-o-rea)

HIV

Syphilis (siff-uh-lis)

Hepatitis B



We have all heard these names before but what exactly are they? These are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). You can catch one if you have unprotected sex (sex without a condom).


There are many types of STIs. They show up in different ways. You may see a rash, bumps or sores on your vagina or penis, or have a burning feeling when you pee. You may have an itch, a bad smell or a weird-coloured discharge (creamy-coloured liquid you sometimes find staining your panties). Many STIs are not easy to spot.


You can also have more than one at a time! But ALL STIs can be treated. Many can be CURED with medicines. However HIV, which is very common in South Africa, has no cure and needs lifelong treatment.


If you think you may have an STI, you must go to your local clinic and tell a doctor or nurse to get treated. Don’t wait! It may feel scary to tell your doctor or nurse but not getting treatment for an STI could mean bigger problems for you. Go speak to your doctor or nurse now and get help, it could be nothing or you could have an STI and get treatment.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 16 July 2019 15:24

What treatment is good for a 16year girl with big blasts of genital warts??

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 July 2019 14:12

Hi there, Genital warts (or other warts) can be treated by a doctor. They can give you lotion to put on the warts, or they can burn or freeze them off. If you don't treat them, they could go away or stay the same, but they could also get worse. Learn more here https://bwisehealth.com/article/i-have-hpv-what-should-i-do-can-i-get-rid-of-it



B-Wise User manthule123 12 February 2019 13:24

Peope are afraid to go to the clinic how do one convice them?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 February 2019 16:05

Hi, thank you for your question. That is true, you can tell them to rate their clinic on the Clinic finder, by rating their clinic the department of health can make sure they get better services the next time they visit the local clinic. They can also use the clinic finder to find other clinic they feel comfortable using. 



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B-Wise User Tracy 13 March 2018 19:38

my partner whats us to have sex what should i do???

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 March 2018 12:04

Hi anonymous, sex is a big deal and it should it always be your decision what you do with your body. Sometimes we might feel pressure to have sex, but make sure you’re ready before you say yes. These are a few things to think about to check if you are ready or not to have sex.


B-Wise User Anonymous 3 December 2017 08:32

I had sex with my partner without protection more than 3 times. After we had sex without protection the 4th time my vagina started to feel pain. Clear water was coming out of my vagina I had to use pads. After a couple of days I had sores and I went to the doctor. She only said I have STD but didn't tell me the actual name of the disease. She gave me medication and I was fine and haven't had sex since then and now I have sores again but my partner hasn't had anything on his penis. What could be the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. We can understand why these sores may worry you. It is possible that they could be normal would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. Remember to always use condoms every time you have sex. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



B-Wise User Anonymous 3 December 2017 08:29

I had sex with my partner without protection more than 3 times. After we had sex without protection my vagina started to feel sore. Clear water was coming out of my vagina I had to use pads. After a couple of days I had sores and I went to the doctor. She only said I have STD but didn't tell me the actual name of the disease. She gave me medication and I was fine but now I have sores again but my partner hasn't had anything on his penis. What could be the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:40

Hi there, thank you for your question. We can understand why these sores may worry you. It is possible that they could be normal would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. Remember to always use condoms every time you have sex. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



B-Wise User Sr. Spoh 28 October 2017 19:09

I love the questions on the floor , but i would like to stress that when you tink you have something that needs medical attention donnot hesitate to visit your nearest health care facility and ask to speak to an adolescent and youth sister and when you talk to them make sure you are being honest in answering all the questions asked because this will make it easy for him or her to make a diagnosis and treat you well as need be.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:43

Hi thank you for your feedback, that is true. It is important that the youth makes use of their local clinics. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 1 October 2017 22:26

Can Urethritis be healed

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 10:19

Hi, thank you for your question. Yes it can be treated, but you have to go to your nearest clinic so you can get the right treatment. Remember to always use a condom every time you have sex to prevent HIV , STIs and unplanned pregnancies.



B-Wise User Anonymous 27 September 2017 20:39

Hi.I would like some help. I've had unprotected sex in the last 4 day's and already I feel like I've catch some STI because I feel pains when I pee. What could it possibly be or should I test to be more informed about my health.

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 September 2017 17:14

Hi Anonymous, if you’ve had unprotected sex, you may have an STI, and this could have led to a clinical syndrome called urethritis. This condition has symptoms such as pain when you pee and urethral discharge (discharge coming from the genitals). Having unprotected sex can also put you at risk of contracting other STIs like HIV and Hepatitis B. It is best to go and test for these infections at your nearest clinic. If you test negative for STIs now, you will need to retest again in 3 months to check that you are still negative. Going forward, make sure you use a condom each and every time you have sex – it’s the best way of preventing STIs as well HIV/AIDS.



B-Wise User BWise Moderators 11 October 2016 16:43

Hi Mxolisi Thank you for this interesting question. Unfortunately herpes is not curable. A person living with herpes will have times when they are well and have no symptoms, but these symptoms may come back in the future. There is medication available to help people manage their symptoms. Talk to your doctor or nurse to get more information or if you need medication.

B-Wise User Mxolisi 17 September 2016 14:58

Is herpes curable

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:42

Hi there, thank you for your question. Herpes can be treated, but you need to visit your local clinic to get checked and you will be given the right treatment



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 August 2016 11:12

my vergina sometimes has pempilis on it and they disappeare without being treated and I never been sexually active ...what's wrong do I have STD or what?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:51

Hi Anonymous, having pimples on the vagina (or outside of the vagina) does not always mean one has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the pimples continue and you are having sexual contact of any kind, visit the nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.



B-Wise Expert Expert 29 August 2016 11:00

Hi Anonymous, having pimples on the vagina (or outside of the vagina) does not always mean one has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the pimples continue and you are having sexual contact of any kind, visit the nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.


B-Wise User Anonymous 28 August 2016 10:17

what are the symptoms of STD

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:52

There are many different sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with very many symptoms. Please read about some of these on Bwise in the Health Issues section. However, if you think you might have an STI or have any burning, itching, smelly discharge, lumps, swelling, sores or lower stomach pain; please visit your nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI.



B-Wise Expert Expert 29 August 2016 11:00

There are many different sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with very many symptoms. Please read about some of these on Bwise in the Health Issues section. However, if you think you might have an STI or have any burning, itching, smelly discharge, lumps, swelling, sores or lower stomach pain; please visit your nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI.


B-Wise User Anonymous 28 July 2016 11:41

My discharge is very yellow and smells. ..what could it be?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:02

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your question. A smelly discharge is often a sign of an infection. If there is an infection, it will need to be treated for it to go away. Please go to your nearest clinic. They will ask some questions and examine you and most likely give you some medicine for it to go away. Remember if it is an sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can be spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms every time you have sex will stop this from happening again.



B-Wise Expert Expert 28 July 2016 16:46

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your question. A smelly discharge is often a sign of an infection. If there is an infection, it will need to be treated for it to go away. Please go to your nearest clinic. They will ask some questions and examine you and most likely give you some medicine for it to go away. Remember if it is an sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can be spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms every time you have sex will stop this from happening again.


B-Wise User EdwinLeballo 8 July 2016 23:11

Is it possible, and if yes, what causes STI in woman including young girls, who are sexually inactive, presenting with faul smelling, yellowish discharge and lower abdominal pain, and how do they manage this.? Can food cause STI, alot of yeast, like fat cakes, bread, traditiona beer?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:19

Thank you for your question. An STI is a Sexually Transmitted Infection, so it's transmitted by sexual contact. However, women can get other vaginal infections that are not sexually transmitted, although it is not always easy to tell the difference between these and STIs. A change in the environment in the vagina can give women inflammation of the vagina, although this is not likely to be caused by your diet or the food you eat.


It is best to get any abnormal discharge checked by a nurse or doctor so that you can get the right treatment early



B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2016 18:48

Thank you for your question. An STI is a Sexually Transmitted Infection, so it's transmitted by sexual contact. However, women can get other vaginal infections that are not sexually transmitted, although it is not always easy to tell the difference between these and STIs. A change in the environment in the vagina can give women inflammation of the vagina, although this is not likely to be caused by your diet or the food you eat. It is best to get any abnormal discharge checked by a nurse or doctor so that you can get the right treatment early


B-Wise User vivian 21 April 2016 21:07

Is it true that men detect an STI faster than women because man's urethra is passage for sperm cells and urine?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:49

Although both women and men get STIs, they can affect them differently. Sometimes women can get a discharge from an STI, but may confuse it for a normal discharge. They may also get sores inside the vagina, which they may not notice. This can cause delays in getting treatment. Some STIs may not show signs or symptoms in either men or women for some time.If you have



B-Wise Expert Expert 11 May 2016 13:50

Although both women and men get STIs, they can affect them differently. Sometimes women can get a discharge from an STI, but may confuse it for a normal discharge. They may also get sores inside the vagina, which they may not notice. This can cause delays in getting treatment. Some STIs may not show signs or symptoms in either men or women for some time.If you have


B-Wise User Rolleon 7 April 2016 14:50

Is it advisable for a man to sleep with a woman which has already on mischarage.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:53

Sex after miscarriage can be emotional so it's best to wait until you and your partner feel emotionally ready. It is best to wait 6 weeks, once the miscarriage bleeding has stopped, to prevent infection. If you and your partner want to begin trying to conceive, you should wait until after your first menstrual cycle following the miscarriage. Visit your clinic and speak to healthcare worker if you have need more help.



B-Wise Expert Expert 11 April 2016 14:25

Sex after miscarriage can be emotional so it's best to wait until you and your partner feel emotionally ready. It is best to wait 6 weeks, once the miscarriage bleeding has stopped, to prevent infection. If you and your partner want to begin trying to conceive, you should wait until after your first menstrual cycle following the miscarriage. Visit your clinic and speak to healthcare worker if you have need more help.


B-Wise User Anonymous 4 April 2016 22:36

how can girls know or feel when they have contacted STI.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:53

There are several symptoms of STI's. Mostly they are burning or itching in the vagina or pubic area, a smelly vaginal discharge or there may be lumps/swelling or sores. Other women can have lower abdominal pain with or without fever. If you think you might have an STI, you should visit your local clinic to be tested and treated. 



B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2016 15:46

There are several symptoms of STI's. Mostly they are burning or itching in the vagina or pubic area, a smelly vaginal discharge or there may be lumps/swelling or sores. Other women can have lower abdominal pain with or without fever. If you think you might have an STI, you should visit your local clinic to be tested and treated.


B-Wise User Liz_sha 29 August 2015 08:45

most women will never know they have STI's because it takes time for symptoms to appear. Male and Female condoms are free from the clinics. Be wise.... Use condoms!!!