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STD screening: Screening guidelines for stds recommend that sexually active men and women should be offered routine screening for hiv. Serologic testing for hepatitis b should also be done. Women with a history of unprotected sex/multiple partners should be screened yearly for gc and chlamydia. Men for chlamydia. The window period for detection of HIV antibodies is 6 wks-6 mos. After exposure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too soon: Gonorrhea and chlamydia testing is valid after 4-5 days, but no sooner. Blood tests for syphilis, HIV, etc take a few weeks. Be on the alert for symptoms like discharge from the penis, painful urination, or genital sores, which can show up any time from 2 days to a couple of weeks. Get checked ASAP if symptoms appear, otherwise best to wait a few days. ...Read more
Don't bet on it: If you suspect you have been exposed pay attention and get checked out with any change in your system or at least every 6 mo.Viral illnesses like herpes and HIV take time to set up in your system and 12 hrs is too soon for them to show their presence, or generate any positive tests.Chlamydia & gonorrhea may produce no symptoms but should turn tests positive within the first week. ...Read more
Lots!: There are many different kinds of stds, including those caused by bacteria (like gonorrhea and chlamydia) and those caused by viruses (including herpes and hiv). You can limit your exposure to most stds by using barrier forms of contraception (like condoms!), and since most are treatable (even if not curable), see a healthcare provider if you think you've been exposed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not overall: Overall, there are 3 times the number of stds found in the us in women than men. However, much of that could be because women are screened far more often than men because of gyn appts and testing. Others like syphilis are 6 times more likely in men than women. Just depends on the std discussed and the person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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