Many sexually-transmitted diseases and infections cause few or no symptoms in their early stages, which means you could be spreading them to others. It also means treatment will be delayed, which can wind up making the infection much more difficult to treat. Some symptoms are so mild, especially in the beginning, they ma be easily overlooked. Being tested on a regular basis and especially after having engaged in unsafe or risky sex is important for your health and for the health of your partner.
Not unless you request it. If you've been involved in unsafe sex, including sex with multiple partners or sex without using adequate protection, it's important to discuss that during your exam to determine if screening is a good idea. Also, it's important to realize that even with a condom, some infections like HPV can still be spread through skin-to-skin contact. If you've been involved in risky behavior or you're worried you may have been exposed to an STD, don't wait for your annual physical; make an appointment to be tested right away.
Most infections take a couple of weeks or more before they can be detected in the blood or through other tests like swabs and cultures. The best way to learn how soon you can be tested is to call the office.
Symptoms can var from one infection to the next. Some of the most common symptoms include painful urination, vaginal or penile discharge or odor, itching in the genital area, sores or lumps in the genital area, rashes around the genitals, pain in the genitals or lower abdomen, and sometimes flu-like symptoms and fever.
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