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A 34-year-old member asked:

i have an active sexual life and have multiple sexual partners. is there a discreet way to get tested for stds?

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Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Perhaps: Some state health services offer anonymous testing for hiv. If you see a physician and you have hiv, your physician may feel obligated to inform your sexual partners that they have had sex with someone who is HIV positive, but they are not allowed to name who that is. It's very important, though, to be tested for all std's for your health and for the health of your partners. Please use condoms.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
See your doctor: See your doctor for the kind of testing you need. That relationship is confidential, and so are the results of any diagnostic examinations that are done. If having sex with multiple partners though, it's best to use condoms so that all of you are exposed to less std's. When you're not, all your partners are exposed to whatever you or any of the rest of them are carrying.

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