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STD Testing FAQ

 Why should I get tested? 

 Wouldn’t I know if I or my partner had an STD? 

Which STDs should I get tested for?

STDs are not like allergies; you can’t do a massive test for all the major ones out there. STD tests are specific to each infection. You and your health care provider will decide which STDs you should be tested for. But most importantly you need to speak up and ask to get tested. You can’t assume that you have been tested for STDs if you have had blood taken, given a urine sample, or (for women) had a pelvic exam or pap test. If you want to know, ASK to be tested.

Be honest and open with your health care provider about your sexual history. They are there to help you, not to judge you. The doc will help you make important decisions about test(s) you may need. Certain STDs are so common that your health care provider may suggest that you get tested regularly for them.

 What’s involved in testing? 

 Where do I go to get tested? 

 Who will know? 

 How much will it cost? 

 What happens next if I test positive for an STD? 

 How do I tell my partner that I have an STD? 

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