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How reliable is a pap smear and std testing only 6 days after having unprotected sex with a new partner?

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
See below: Best time frame for STD testing is based on incubation period for a particular infection and can vary from person to person. Recommendations for "most likely detection": Chlamydia (2 weeks); Gonorrhea (1-2 weeks); Syphilis (6 weeks); Oral or Genital Herpes (6-12 weeks); HIV RNA Test for early detection (3 weeks) and Antibody Test (4-6 weeks); Hepatitis A (3-6 weeks); Hepatitis B/C (6-10 weeks);

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