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Sexual Responsibility Questions Answered
The questions that are included below are those that have been submitted to the Wellness Programs office anonymously. We answer these questions both on our website and some select questions in our newsletters.
Question: I want to get access to birth control other than condoms. Where can I get the pill or other birth control options?
A couple of days ago, I found a bump near my vagina. It was sore and red and in the middle it was purple. As I pressed it, puss came out and now it is nearly gone. I do not know what it is and I was wondering if Wellness may know.
Thanks for sending in this question. Although we are not medical professionals here in Wellness Programs, nor have we have any official medical training, we can try to help you the best we can. However, with that said, we do and always will suggest that you visit your medical professional, like Health Services here on campus, if you have any speicifc medical concerns such as this.
When reading your question, it seems as though you're worried you may have an
STI or other infection. However the first STIs that popped into our head didn't
have similar symptoms. For example, according to Planned Parenthood:
Genital Herpes may includes these common symptoms and signs:
Since we have not seen the sore you are describing, and although your description is vivid, it is hard to tell what something is without an exam or specific test. However, we did want to be sure that we passed along that it isn't uncommon to get acne in what may seem like an odd location. Sporadic acne on the buttocks or genital area isn't uncommon. The fact that puss was coming out of the sore and that it is nearly gone now that the puss is out, makes us think that it doesn't sound like a typical Herpes or Gential Warts symtpoms, however, with that said, we would like to stress again that it is a good idea to visit a medical professional to get more answers. We suggest that you watch it, see if any other sores pop up and watch the sore that looked as though it was almost gone. If you're sexually active, we suggest that you tell your partner, and stop sexual activity until the sore is completely gone. Getting tested to be even more certain for your and your partner's sake would be recommended. As a reminder, a visit to Health Services here on campus will cost $10. Well worth it if you ask us!
I’ve been sexually active for a few months now, but I’m worried I’m not using the condom correctly. Any tips on the right way I should be using one?
We’ve got just what you need… follow these simple steps, and you’re good to
go! Just remember, any method of birth control, including condoms is only as
effective as the person using it makes it– the key is consistency. By using a
condom every time you have sex your chances of contracting an STI or having an
unintended pregnancy decrease. Have fun, but be safe!
How long do I have to wait in order for a possible STI to show up in blood or urine tests?
The time that it may take for a possible STI to show up in tests can vary
between each Sexually Transmitted Infection. Here are a few facts about some of
the most common STIs. For more information, visit