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can i have an std for years without any symptoms?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
22 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, many infections can do this. Hpv, or the virus that causes genital warts and ultimately cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, and anus can be asymptommatic for a decade or more. Hiv can have a period without signs. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are often asymptommatic. This is why people need to be tested, and not just think 'i am clean because i feel fine'. Get tested...
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Brian Golden
21 years experience Urology
Latent Syphilis: I agree with the prior answer. Syphilis also should be mentioned. Syphilis has a primary stage with genital skin ulceration, then follows a secondary stage with more widespread skin rashes. But the following latent or tertiary stage is downright scary. It may last for years with gradual damage to may body systems, potientially causing severe neurologic damage, even death. Get tested.
Answered on Jul 10, 2015
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Depends: Depends on the std. Stds like chlamydia no, stds like herpes yes.
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