[Question #2810] Very Worried

43 months ago
I’m very concerned 2 weeks ago I had a lap dance , My pants fly was open so my underwear was exposed. The stripper took her g string off and grinded all over my underwear very aggressively.  I don’t believe my penis was ever exposed. 2 weeks later I started developing a minor burning upon urinating that started yesterday. I get the burning a few times a day. I’m worried that I contracted chlamidia or gonnerea.  I have a g/f and I would never want to give her an std, please advise should I go for std testing. I never penetrated the dancer but I’m wondering if I had a hole in my underwear or my penis somehow was exposed and I didn’t realize it. Also I have been drinking  apple cider vinegar could this lead to the subtle burning upon urination since it’s an acidic drink. I eagerly await your input as I’m worried sick. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
43 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be happy to comment and hopefully can successfully assure you that you have nothing to worry about.  Most exotic dancers/commercial sex workers do not have STIs and even most unprotected exposures do not lead to infection.  While I point this out to most of our clients, I provide this information to you only for informational purposes since the event you describe was a no risk event.  First, the most common STIs are not transmitted without genital penetration.  In your case however, the thing that finally makes this an entirely no risk event is that STIs are NEVER transmitted through cloth/clothing, even when the material gets wet with genital secretions- still no risk for transmission at all.

In addition, your intermittent symptoms are not at all suggestive of an STI either.  STI symptoms tend to be continuous or progressive, not intermittent.  I do not have a good explanation for the symptoms that you are having.  Perhaps they are due to your vinegar ingestion or they may be the result of your concentrated attention as you look for symptoms.  When people do this they over notice normal sensations which are most typically overlooked.

I see no medical reason for concern, for testing, or for abstinence from unprotected sex with your regular sex partner from what you describe.  I hope you will find these comments helpful.  EWH
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43 months ago
If I understand you correctly , if it was an std the issue would be consistent and get worse ?  The syptoms wouldn’t be sporadic , the mild discomfort I have experienced is very sparse. I got concerned because it says many Chlamydia infections are very mild or unnoticeable , there so much confusing information on the internet. If there was a hole in my undergarments that was small could it get thru that. Thank you for your professionalism, I look forward to your final response , this has been helpful. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
43 months ago
Yes you are correct. When STI symptoms are present (they are not always), they tend to be present and persist or get worse- they do not come and go.

Even if there were a hole in your undergarments, this would have been a no risk event.  You are in the clear.  EWH
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43 months ago
This my final question and concern thank you in advance for your patience.  Just need some clarity Am I correct to say that my penis would have had to go inside her vagina to put myself in danger ? For some reason my penis  came out of my underwear and was exposed to her vagina lips would that have put me in jeopardy for an std ?  And if the fabric of my underwear was very thib that would still act as a barrier correct ? I just can’t help but wonder if my penis was out and I don’t recall.  Anyway thank you for your attention and I promise no more questions. Thanks again for your excellent service. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
43 months ago
As your followup question suggests, this question is a bit redundant.  The answers do not change because you repeat the question.  Once more:

1.  STIs are transmitted only by penetration.  Touching and fibbing does not transmit these STIs.
2.  STIs are NOT transmitted through cloth, no matter how thin and no matter whether it is wet or not.

Your anxiety is getting the best of you.  If your penis had been out, you would know it.  

This ends this thread which will be closed later today.  EWH
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