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A 21-year-old male asked:

if one is not gay should they still get tested for stds and if so how often?

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Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Annually: If you have unprotected sex with more than one partner or in other words are not in a mutually monagamous relationship you should be screened regularly. Men need not be homosexual to contract hiv, hepatitis, syphillis, hpv, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia or a number of oher diseases.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes!: Homosexuals are not the only ones to get stds. If you have sex, you are at risk for stds period. Doesn't matter if you're gay, straight, bi, transgendered, etc. If you have multiple partners, you should get tested often - no strict rule but at least 2x/year. And, especially if you have any symptoms like discharge, rash, ulcers, etc.

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