Based on how many partners you have and how often you have new partners, she can help you set up a testing calendar for how often you should get tested.
It’s also important to get tested if you ever have an incident that you think may have exposed you to an STI.
Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. However, I must confess I’m a bit rusty on how to protect myself from STDs.
No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions remain anonymous. I was monogamous with my ex for five years and I’m on the pill, so after we got tested we stopped using condoms.
This could include having unprotected sex (hey, it happens) or if a condom breaks or slips.
Unfortunately, you can’t rush to the clinic Monday morning after a Saturday night slip-up and expect accurate results, because the tests only work a few weeks after a potential incident.
Best practice is to get tested every three or six months.
If you feel comfortable, tell your doctor about your lifestyle.
It’s always a good idea to get tested routinely for STIs, and that’s even more the case if you’re sleeping with multiple people. Because you’re potentially being exposed to more STIs, depending on if your lovers are carriers.
So, basically, it takes two weeks for a Gonorrhea or Chlamydia test to turn up positive.
Syphilis can take anywhere from one week to three months.
First off, an STI is a virus, parasite, fungus, or other thing that can make you feel not great (or be asymptomatic) that you get through sexual activity.
This usually means that these microscopic unwanteds enter your body through your vagina, the urethra of your penis, anus, or mouth, hitching a ride on semen, or vaginal fluid.