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How Soon Can You Get Tested for an STD?

If you suspect that you may have recently contracted a sexually transmitted disease, you’d want to know as quickly as possible, right? It’s the natural response: How soon can you get tested for an STD? Technically, the answer is “any time,” but for better,...

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How Soon Do STD Symptoms Appear?

Sexually transmitted diseases can be easy to catch but difficult to diagnose right away. Why? Often, STDs don’t present symptoms for a long time — or they don’t present them at all. When it comes to signs and symptoms, every disease is different: Some...

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Burning After Ejaculation: Is It an STD?

While it’s unpleasant to experience a burning sensation after ejaculation, most men will endure it at some point in their lifetime, especially if they’re sexually active. The sensation can be a result of myriad conditions: a urinary tract infection, swelling of the prostate, urethral...

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When Is the Best Time to Be Treated for an STI?

While it’s true that not all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) show immediate symptoms, if and when they do, don’t delay: Visit a clinic or health center as soon as you suspect one, and request a test. Frustratingly, some STIs don’t present symptoms at all....

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How to Get Tested for STDs

There are a lot of wonderful things about sex: intimacy, love, romance, passion. Unfortunately, there’s a downside to it, too — sexually transmitted diseases. But worry not: If you’re having safe sex from the get-go, your chances for contracting an STD drop exponentially. Still,...

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How Common Is It to Get an STD From Oral Sex?

It’s time to dispel a myth that no doubt still circulates through high school cafeterias nationwide: You can, in fact, get an STD from oral sex. But how common is it? And furthermore, which STDs are seen more often in people who have oral...

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HPV vs Herpes: Are They the Same Thing?

Let’s talk about sex — specifically STDs. It can be a scary conversation, but it’s a necessary one. The good news is that it’s much less taboo to ask the uncomfortable questions when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. How do I address STDs...

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