Dear Betty,

I am in much pain when urinating, and this has been going on for about a week now.  I am still a virgin but I have  been giving my boyfriend lots of blowjobs without condoms recently, and after he fingers me.  Could this pain be a STI?

Dear Reader,

Pain with urination is often a urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection).  Bacteria can be introduced to the urethra through digital stimulation.  It could also be a STI (sexually transmitted infection) such as herpes simplex virus if your partner had an outbreak and then touched you after touching the outbreak.  I would recommend an appointment with the Student Health and Counseling Center for evaluation for a UTI.  Don't delay any longer in having this checked out and treated, as a UTI can lead to a kidney infection if left untreated.