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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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How long do you wait after unprotected sex before STD screening?

How long do you wait after unprotected sex before STD screening?

Depends.: It depends on which kind of std. For hiv, even if you are infected, it takes a few months to identify the viruses by the lab test. But for some bacterial infection, you can take the tests in a few days. ...Read more

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When after unprotected sex do you have to wait before STD screening?

When after unprotected sex do you have to wait before STD screening?

1wk to 6 months: Different stds have different intubation periods. It ranges from one week for gonorrhea, trichomonas and chlamydia to 6 months for hiv. That is why you must be very careful whom you take as a sex partner. Syphilis and hepatitis take about 6 weeks to detect.
Discuss the specifics with your doctor. ...Read more

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Year ago I had unprotected sex. My worst fear is herpes. He never had visible symptoms. My STD screen herps bloodtest was negative should I trust result?

Year ago I had unprotected sex. My worst fear is herpes. He never had visible symptoms. My STD screen herps bloodtest was negative should I trust result?

Yes: Yes trust results, you don't have herps, unless you try to have unprotected sex again. Unprotected sex is not safe at all please avoid having unprotected sex if you don't want herps. ...Read more

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How long after unprotected sex should I get STD testing? I used a condom, but it broke so I just want to make sure I'm safe.

How long after unprotected sex should I get STD testing? I used a condom, but it broke so I just want to make sure I'm safe.

2-3 weeks and 3 mos.: There are many possible sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, hiv, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, trichomonas, and human papilloma virus (hpv). Some of these have helpful tests to check for them, others do not. How long these tests take to turn positive varies, with some taking as long as 3 months. It is ok to check after 2-3 weeks, but I would check again after 3 months. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long after unprotected sex can I get tested for all STD's? Can I get herpes from someone else that has no sores??

How long after unprotected sex can I get tested for all STD's? Can I get herpes from someone else that has no sores??

Time varies. Yes.: Varied times for different STDs. Gonorrhea & chlamydia 2-3 days, probably 1-2 weeks for vaginal infections like trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis, 4-6 weeks for syphilis & HIV blood tests. If no symptoms, do it all at 4-6 weeks. Herpes is often transmitted by people who don't know they have it or who are not having an outbreak. ...Read more

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How long after unprotected sex can I get tested for stds?

How long after unprotected sex can I get tested for stds?

STDs: Right away. The sooner the better. Depending on the situation the doctor may want to begin you on prophylactic medications. Go asap and hope all is well. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex with six men in one night. How long should I wait to get STD test?

Had unprotected sex with six men in one night. How long should I wait to get STD test?

One week: See a doctor or clinic that evaluates and treats STD's (your MD, public health clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics) ASAP after exposure to consider preventive treatment, especially if high risk sexual partners. Testing can first be done at 1 week to determine if you were infected but may need to be repeated again. Learn and practice safe sex techniques for prevention over long run. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long after unprotected sex will STD symptoms show up?

How long after unprotected sex will STD symptoms show up?

Vary: Syphilis symptoms show up after 3 weeks, gonorrhea symptoms after 2-7 days, chlamydia can be several days to not at all which is why it is the most common sexually-transmitted as often people don't know they have it. Most iof the other std's show up within two weeks of exposure. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex may 5 when should I get tested for stds?

I had unprotected sex may 5 when should I get tested for stds?

ANY TIME.: Especially if you have symptoms. You will be tested again in intervals to assure you haven't contracted subacute incurable diseases but the acute ones need to be treated right away. Use protection. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex June 23rd 2017 when Should I get tested for a std?

I had unprotected sex June 23rd 2017 when Should I get tested for a std?

4-5 days, 6 weeks: Smart move to be tested for STD if your partner might be at risk, e.g. other partners recently. A vaginal swab test for gonorrhea and chlamydia is accurate any time more than 4-5 days after exposure; that test can be done in the next few days. Syphilis and HIV blood tests need to wait until 6 weeks after exposure (unless whoever you see for gon/chl testing suggests earlier because esp high risk.) ...Read more

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Can I get std from having unprotected sex even if my partner and I are both virgins? Also I keep getting jock itches. Is there a prevention for it?

Can I get std from having unprotected sex even if my partner and I are both virgins? Also I keep getting jock itches. Is there a prevention for it?

Tinea? Yeast? Other?: It is not possible to have an STD unless one person or the other has had sex with someone else. "Jock itch" is not a term normally used in women, only men. Have you been diagnosed with tinea (same fungus group as jock itch in men)? Yeast (entirelydifferent)? Neither yeast nor tinea is sexually transmitted. Don't assume any diagnosis based only on symptoms; get professional care. ...Read more

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Can you get an STD from having unprotected sex in the pool?

Can you get an STD from having unprotected sex in the pool?

It's who, not where: It's who you have sex with that matters, not where it happens. Doing it in a pool doesn't either raise or lower STD risk. Assuming this is a new or unknown partner, it's really dumb to be having sex without a condom. ...Read more

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How long before you figure out you have STD after unprotected sex?

How long before you figure out you have STD after unprotected sex?

Depends: This depends on which sti you are talking about. Gonorrhea and chlamydia come on quickly as does herpes. But not all herpes infections cause noticeable symptoms. Hiv, hpv, syphilis and hepatitis often have no symptoms until later stages and take longer to detect in the blood stream. Best to consult with a doctor with experience in stis for proper testing. ...Read more

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Should I get a yearly STD check if I have unprotected sex with alot of people?

Should I get a yearly STD check if I have unprotected sex with alot of people?

Yes: Since both chlamydia and gonorrhea produce minimal symptoms in some people, it is reasonable to monitor your system. These two can also make you sterile if untreated, which may be important to you. These and other STD's can also pass to a newborn and cause serious problems. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex with a person that had an std. Is there any chance I did not get a std?

I had unprotected sex with a person that had an std. Is there any chance I did not get a std?

STD: There is a chance you did contract the illness and a chance you did not, consult with your doctor to determine the result. Best. ...Read more

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If you have unprotected sex, and have no symptoms of any std's should you still get checked? Is it possible to have an STD without symptoms?

STDs: Yes. Of course. Many stds do not show immediate symptoms.

At your age I would challenge you to learn about the twelve common stds and how to prevent or protect yourself against them.

Sexually active men and women need routine stds checks unless they are in a monogamous trusting relationship. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after having unprotected sex to test for chlyamdia or any other stds?

How long do you have to wait after having unprotected sex to test for chlyamdia or any other stds?

It all depends: Gonorrhea and chlamydia three to five days post exposure. Herpes six to twelve weeks. Syphilis about six weeks. Hiv twelve to twenty-four weeks unless the HIV RNA test is done which can be accurate twenty-one days after exposure. ...Read more

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Is it too late to get tested and cured for STD's if the act of unprotected sex happened almost six months ago?

Is it too late to get tested and cured for STD's if the act of unprotected sex happened almost six months ago?

Depends: If you are concerned you could be spreading STD's to others, that depends both on whether you caught some and your sexual activity. You certainly could. One type might have already made you sterile, and remained without symptoms, but treatment now may still preserve your fertility.Others can hang around in your body for years. It is best to know and be treated if needed/possible. ...Read more

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Say if u had unprotected sex with someone who does not have any infected area/sore can u still get std?

Say if u had unprotected sex with someone who does not have any infected area/sore can u still get std?

Yes: The presence of a STD is not defined by a visible sore, although that can help. Many can exist in a carrier state in those infected and be spread to unsuspecting contacts. Chlamydia, HPV, syphilis and sometimes gonorrhea can all be passed by asymptomatic carriers. Condom use can decrease risk, but is not fully protective. ...Read more

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Everytime I have unprotected sex with my partner I get a burning itch afterwards which lasts days. I've had STD checks and not allergic to condoms etc?

Everytime I have unprotected sex with my partner I get a burning itch afterwards which lasts days. I've had STD checks and not allergic to condoms etc?

Allergic reaction: Sometimes the irritation from intercourse can cause itching/burning. Are you adequately lubricated? If not, consider using water based lubricants as a possible way to reduce inflammation

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If a guy has STDs and you have unprotected sex then it passes on to you, would you get an STD in your mouth if you go down on him?

If a guy has STDs and you have unprotected sex then it passes on to you, would you get an STD in your mouth if you go down on him?

Definitely, yes: HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, or gonorrhea, just to name a few. See your doctor for medical examination and consultation on STD, safe sex and risk reduction behavior. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a! c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections can be viral, bacterial or caused by protozoa. They are ...Read more