He answers some common questions about sex. Watery discharge I've got a watery discharge, which smells really unpleasant and fishy. I'm scared of going to my doctor because he knows my mum. What could it be? Could it go away on its own? The most likely cause of this sort of problem is an extremely common infection called bacterial vaginosis BV.
Go to your local sexual health or GUM clinic , which can tell you at your first visit exactly what's going on and give you treatment. You can refer yourself to these clinics. They're free and completely confidential. Should I be worried? There are lots of normal hair follicles and glands on the testicles and penis, which all men have, and don't cause any problems.
But I can't be completely certain, because there are a number of skin problems that start as small spots and need treatment. To be extra sure, I would suggest that you make an appointment at your local sexual health or GUM clinic , where the staff can tell you there and then if there's anything to worry about. I recently had sex for the first time with my boyfriend. We used a condom, but I'm not sure if it was enough protection against HIV.
One of my friends says that HIV can get through the tiny holes in the rubber. If used properly, condoms are extremely good protection against HIV and many other sexually transmitted infections STIs. They're also useful at preventing unintentional pregnancies, although many women use a more reliable form of contraception as well as condoms to ensure they're protected against both STIs and unwanted pregnancy.
Condoms do not have tiny holes in them. I had sex with my boyfriend last night and we didn't use a condom. Can I get the pill today, because I don't want to leave it too late?
You can buy the emergency pill from pharmacies if you're over But the sooner you use it, the more effective it will be. This can be done up to five days after unprotected sex. Since then I have terrible pain in the end of my penis when urinating.
We didn't use a condom. Do you think I've injured myself or caught an infection? I would strongly suggest going to your local sexual heath GUM clinic for a sexual health check-up. If you have an infection, it's almost certainly easy to cure.
Take your boyfriend with you. It's been like this for a long time, but has got worse recently. I've heard that yoghurt can treat this type of thing.
I ate a big pot this morning, but it still itches. If you have a rash, you might have thrush. This is a common infection, which is caused by a fungus and isn't sexually transmitted. If this doesn't work, go to your local sexual health clinic for a check-up. Some women find that it helps with symptoms of thrush, but only if applied to the affected area, not if you eat it.
It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't normally happen. Can you suggest a cream to get rid of it? However, if it's a new problem, you may have a vaginal infection. The clinic is free, confidential and you can refer yourself.
You should be able to find out there and then if you have an infection. Or you could see your GP. I had unprotected sex when I was in my early twenties. Could I be carrying an infection and not know it? Chlamydia often has no symptoms, but it can affect your fertility if left untreated. If you're in any doubt, arrange for a check-up with your local GUM clinic. I had an infection when I was younger and had it treated.
Now I'm thinking about starting a family. Which infections could stop me from having a baby? If you think you might be at risk, go for a check-up and test. I had treatment for an infection a few years ago and it hasn't come back.
Some can be completely cured with antibiotics, but others may recur or cause no symptoms. I've heard that people can carry diseases without getting infected themselves. Are there any infections that are caught only by men or only by women?
However, it's common to have an STI without any symptoms, but still pass it on to someone when you have sex with them. There are no STIs that are only caught by men or only caught by women. My girlfriend has got chlamydia and says I need to get treatment. But I've got no symptoms, so what's the point? It's very important that you go for treatment even if you've got no symptoms, because most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms.
Chlamydia can be a very serious problem, particularly for women, who can become infertile if it's not treated. Do you think I should have a regular check-up at a clinic? My last visit was two years ago, but I've had six or seven partners since then.
How long does a course of treatment for an STI usually last? Many STIs are treated with one-off doses. I've got a rash and I'm scared, but I'm also scared about what will happen if I go to a clinic. Usually a doctor or nurse will ask about your sexual history and advise you which tests you'll need.
Nowadays, many people who have an STI check-up no longer need an internal examination or any swabs, although women may be asked to take a vaginal swab. Some women need to have an internal vaginal examination with swabs. Some men may need to have a small swab taken from the tip of the penis.
You're in control, so tell them if you aren't happy with any test that they suggest. I don't want to discuss my business with a man because it's embarrassing. Can I ask to see a woman doctor? No-one can make you see a male or female doctor or nurse if you don't feel comfortable. Occasionally, you may have to wait a little longer until someone suitable becomes available.
I've heard that HIV is a risk when we go abroad. Is there any risk of getting HIV if you don't sleep with someone on holiday, but do other sexual things instead?
There's no risk of getting HIV from kissing and touching. How likely am I to catch an STI from someone by sharing a tub? What about bathing together with someone who has an STI? Should I get tested? But you don't need to disinfect the bath.
This is not a way that STIs are passed on. Who can I talk to?