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Celebrate the New Year: Get Tested

Why not start off the year with a clean slate? If you are not in a long-term and monogamous relationship, it's a great idea to get tested for STIs so you can have peace of mind when it comes to your sexual health. Your gynecologist can test you for all STIs including HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. They can also check for HPV (the virus that causes genital warts) by doing either a HPV test or a Pap smear. They may even recommend that you get the vaccine Gardasil that can prevent certain types of genital warts (the types that cause cervical cancer).

I know it's not exactly the most fun way to ring in the New Year, but the feeling of relief will make it all worthwhile.


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shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Haha, this is so funny because getting the first dose of the HPV shot is exactly what I did yesterday! That shot actually hurts quite a bit because of the amount of fluid that is injected.
lookmomchickens lookmomchickens 9 years
Its such a relief once you get your test results back!! Got mine back today and I'm clean as a whistle =) It's always good to get tested every 6 months, especially if you aren't spending that intimate time with soley one person... you don't want to get anything Ajax cant get off! =)
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
good thing...but awkward haha
madisonh madisonh 9 years
Funny thats how I spent my day today!
tglynn tglynn 9 years
Virgin or not, I think all women should get the gardacil shot. (hehe that rhymed) I've gotten the first and second already (three-shot thing) I talked to my doctor about it, got a bunch of facts and information, and I think there's really no excuse not to get it. Insurance even payed for it.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I guess I don't need to get tested because I am still a virgin.
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