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How often should I get tested for STDs?

By HERWriter September 28, 2014 - 5:29pm
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Hi Nina

Thanks for your post! 

Your answer depends on your sex life! 

If you have multiple partners, you need to be tested at least every 6 months.  Condoms protect from many infections but not against others, like HPV, although they will help.

If you are in a monogamous relationship and both are free of infections (and totally faithful) then an annual test is not necessary. Most women with a history of healthy pap tests need to test about every 3 years. These tests often include testing for STI's too although it varies from doctor to doctor. 

If you suspect you may have an infection or your partner has not been faithful, then testing is a good idea. Many men do not show symptoms of HPV or chlamydia and these can cause cancer or infertility, respectively. So initial testing is always important. 

A virgin who has not even had skin to skin genital contact does not need any kind of STI testing but a pap test every few 3-5 years is wise. Most cervical cancers are via a the HPV virus but not all. 

The faster your get diagnosed if you have an STI, the better the outcome. 

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Has this helped, Nina?



September 29, 2014 - 5:48am
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