HELP Line is there for you to talk, but volunteers are not experts nor are they properly trained to diagnose. Volunteers are not able to diagnose a sexually transmitted infection. If you do want an official diagnosis, you can reach out to Planned Parenthood, Free Clinic, or Student Health.
Consent is the most important aspect of any physical or sexual interaction.
Affirmative consent is informed, freely given, and active. Consent can be given either verbally or through physical actions, but it must be given throughout the entire encounter. If a person is under the influence of controlled substances, they cannot legally provide consent. If, at any point, one person withdrawals consent, the other person(s) is/are required to stop any further actions. Silence, lack of resistance, and previous encounters do not constitute consent.
Sexually transmitted diseases can be passed on through multiple types of sexual contact such as:
- vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse
- bodily fluids including vaginal fluid, semen, and look
- skin-to-skin sexual contact of mucus membrane
To prevent STDs, the only effective prevention methods are condoms and dental dams. However, dental dams and condoms are not 100% effective, and the only 100% effective protection is abstinence.
Common symptoms of STDs are distinctive sores, scabs, and public lice. However, some diseases, such as HIV, can lay dormant and not present symptoms for months.
If you want to know whether you, or someone you know, is pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test. The test can either be done by a doctor or by an over the counter pregnancy test.
If you, or someone you know, is pregnant, there are three options:
1. To have the baby and keep it
2. To have the baby and give it up for adoption
3. To have an abortion
A valuable resource is Planned Parenthood, as they provide resources for all three option.