Unfortunately, if you have more than one sexual partner you have possibly been exposed to a STD. If your partner has cheated or is cheating, you are at risk.
No one really wants to face the reality of the reality but in order to make sure we are healthy and safe we need take responsibility for our sexual health and our physical well being.
Most people think they would know if they had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) . . . wrong!
The truth is many of STIs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of people infected. Or they have mild signs that can be easily overlooked. This is why the term “disease” (as in STD) is starting to be replaced by infection (or STI). The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested.
Lots of people are confused about getting tested for STIs. For example, you may think your annual medical check-up will include tests for STIs, especially if your healthcare provider knows you are sexually active. The fact is that some providers might test for some infections when you come in for a regular check-up, while others do not test for any STI unless you ask them to.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new partner (or more than one partner), or for any reason are worried you have been exposed to an STI, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested be tested for these leading common STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis. If your healthcare provider feels you do not need to be checked for some of these, you will at least know which ones you were tested for and which ones you were not.
Where can I get tested?
You can talk to your healthcare provider about testing, or you can search for a clinic near you using the search tool below (provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Just enter your zip code to find a local testing site.