How do you get an std?

Sexually transmitted. A sexually transmitted disease is spread by having sex. They key thing for people to remember is that sex, may include oral to genital, anal to genital, genital to genital contact or even hand to genital contact. All of those types of contact can spread stds. Contact with infected skin or secretions can spread the disease.
Unprotected Sex. Std stand for sexually transmitted disease so any exchange of body fluids during sex can cause transmission. The only surefire way to avoid getting an std, is to avoid sex with anyone who is carrying a transmissible disease.

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How do you get tested for stds? And which STDs do they check for?

STDs . Testing can happen two ways. Most common would be at your primary care clinic. Or, i believe, in canada there are also public health or std clinics that can do the testing. There are twelve common stds so you may want to go in with symptoms, worries and questions. Many people do not need testing for all twelve. Read more...

How do you get tested for std?

Depends on the STD. Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed either with urine tests (for urethral or cervical infections) or from swabs taken from the vagina, rectum, or throat. The swabs can be sent for culture, dna probes, or nucleic acid amplification tests (naats). Those are the "big 3, " but there are other stds. Read more...

How do you get mono? Is it a STD or something?

Secretions. Mono is caused by a virus called epstein-barr virus (ebv for short). In my young days - i won't divulge when that was- we used to refer to it as "the kissing disease", because teens often caught it after amorous kissing. The virus is easily transmitted in secretions - so saliva, nasal secretions, urine, etc. It can also live on surfaces for a while, so transmission is actually pretty easy. Read more...

How often do you need to get STD testing if you are sexually active? What counts as "sexually active"?

It varies a lot. "Sexually active" can mean anything from mutually monogamous with one uninfected partner to multiple casual sex partners (perhaps without condoms) every week. The first doesn't need STD testing at all, the second as often as once a month. Sex of partners is important -- higher risk for gay men than straight men and women. For most hetersexual singles, every 6-12 months probably is about right. Read more...