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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Anonymous 3 December 2017 06:32

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?

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Anonymous 3 December 2017 06:29

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?

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Sr. Spoh 28 October 2017 17:09

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.

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Hopekhosa 18 October 2017 19:58

Hero's sisters are curable?

Anonymous 1 October 2017 20:26

Can Urethritis be healed

Anonymous 27 September 2017 18:39

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 15:14

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.



BWise Moderators 11 October 2016 14:43

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.

Mxolisi 17 September 2016 12:58

Is herpes curable

Anonymous 28 August 2016 09:12

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 29 August 2016 09:00

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.


Anonymous 28 August 2016 08:17

what are the symptoms of STD

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 August 2016 09:00

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.


Anonymous 28 July 2016 09:41

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

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 July 2016 14:46

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.


EdwinLeballo 8 July 2016 21:11

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 10 July 2016 16:48

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


vivian 21 April 2016 19:07

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 11 May 2016 11:50

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


Rolleon 7 April 2016 12:50

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

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 April 2016 12:25

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.


Anonymous 4 April 2016 20:36

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

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2016 13:46

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.


Liz_sha 29 August 2015 06:45

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!!!