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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long after unprotected sex should someone wait to get tested for std?

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Dr. Ealena Callender
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Not long: If you are concerned about exposure to stds, it is best to get tested right away. Today's tests can detect the dna of an infection before you show any signs or symptoms. If you feel pretty certain you have been exposed, you may also consider getting treated with antibiotics right away - even before getting any test results.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

How long should I wait to get tested for an STD after unprotected sex?

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Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology 43 years experience
STD testing: An infection in the cervix could be picked up very quickly- 1 week. Blood testing for something likes syphilis could take 4-6 weeks to show up. You should get cervical cultures done and discuss retesting with your doctor.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

If I have unprotected sex with someone who has an std does that mean I have one ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Usually, not always: If you have had sex with an infected partner (even condom protected sex), you are at high risk of being infected. Not always, but don't take the chance. If you have already done it, you need testing and probably treatment. Check with your doctor.
A 42-year-old member asked:

If my wife has an STD what is the likelihood I get it if we have unprotected sex?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Good chance: That depends on which std you're talking about, but in general you have a high likelihood of getting an std if you have unprotected sex with someone who has it.

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