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Getting Tested For STDs

Have You Been Tested For STDs?

Now that we know 10 to 25 percent of people who have herpes don't know it, it seems safe to assume that many people aren't getting tested for STDs. It's no surprise really. You often have to ask your doctor for it, and most people won't if they don't have symptoms. And, whether we admit or not, who really wants to know?

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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
I've never gotten tested and I don't have too. I'm 100% safe from getting STD's. I bet it's pretty worrisome for some people who have too get tested.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
xxstardust, as I posted in the other thread.. you can get HSV1 vaginally if your boyfriend has the virus orally. You can contract HSV1 through innocent contact (a lot of people like to say you can get it from your grandmother when you are a baby, if she kisses you on the lips).. and it's true. This is still an STI & upwards of 80% of the country by the age of 50 have HSV1.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
I have been a monogamus relationship for years and I still get tested can't be too careful.
sham28 sham28 7 years
And hypno, good luck to you and thanks for being one more person in the universe that is looking out for others. :)
sham28 sham28 7 years
ALL THE TIME! Even in a relationship, there are plenty of diseases that can lie dormant without symptoms for months... plus I love the phone call from the GYN saying "you're all clean." Nothing sexier than that. :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I get tested when I have my pap. Just a little swab, you know, in case. I'm in a monogamous relationship and I love my partner to bits, but getting a test never hurts anyone. hypnoticmix, mad props to you! I wish more people were as honest!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I voted No, but just remembered I am tested every time I get a pap. I've never gone just to get tested. I've only had one partner and he gets tested regularly because he's in the military.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
I have during my annual pap just because I know it's better to be safe. Even thought it has been years since I said, sure why don't you test me for STDs while you're at it
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I know a couple of people who do not test. They say they just don't want to know. I would say that's fine if it only effected you however what about your sex partners? What if you do catch something and pass it on to them? Remember knowledge is power. I've been hiv+ for over twelve years and yes there were a few people who said thanks but no thanks but for the most part my sex life really didn't suffer one bit for being honest about my condition. Why? Again, because knowledge is power. If you wrap your self in fear that is part of your life that is paralyzed.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
After seeing the skank I was cheated on with, I got tested ASAP. God, she was nasty...My last test was about a year ago at the beginning of my pregnancy. They test you here so the staff at hospital knows their safe at birth.
meerkat meerkat 7 years
Every year during my annual appt. (although I'm in a monogamous relationship and have only ever had sex with my boyfriend). I made him get tested too at a free clinic!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
xxstardust, i totally believe you and your relationship sounds solid - but just out of habit, it's always good to get tested, and they might not just do it when you get your pap so just ask...if it makes you uncomfortable, ask casually "do you test for anything while you're down there?" and then she will ask "do you want me to?" and you should say YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I'm assuming I'll probably be tested when I get my first pap smear next month (yes, I'm young enough not to have had a pap yet) regardless of whether I ask for it or not, so I will be getting tested. We were young enough when we started dating that lying about being his first is highly unlikely. In our current situation, we literally spend almost our entire day together. We're college students who live together and, as we have the same major (which we're nearing the end of, so we're running out of classes to choose from!) we take all of the same classes. We eat our meals together, we do homework together .. if he was sleeping around, he'd have to be sneaking out in the middle of the night. Or have cloned himself.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I get tested regularly, just out of routine. I'm the kind of girl who wears a hazmat suit with any partners, but still, I definitely want to know if I have any health issues to take care of. I mean, you can contract a disease whether you've had one partner or 100. Everyone should know what his or her status is.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Guys... lying is not the problem. You can have a lot of stuff without never finding out about them. PLEASE do get tested! And you all know that you can get all STDs from unprotected oral sex as well, right?
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Not all STDs have symptoms, GlowingMoon. You could have AIDS or be HIV positive for 7-9 years before any symptoms start to show up. It's similar with herpes, hpv, and hepatitis B. I got tested for AIDS when I was married (even though my husband and I had been together for years and he was my first). I didn't have it, but they were offering free tests and I thought I might as well.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes, in my past when I was single and unmarried. I've always had protected sex, but I did it for good measure. I've never came down with a STD. These days, no, as I still practice protected (barrier-type) sex, and I've had the same partner (my husband) for over 15 years. I have no symptoms.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I voted no, because I've only been with my husband, but come to think of it, I have. They tested me a couple years ago with my yearly exam.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I have to agree with skigurl on the lying thing. My long term partner lied to me about that once. I asked him to get tested if he had ever slept with anyone else. He said that he didn't. I found out a year later that he had lied.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Absolutely! I do this regardless of my interactions with my husband (been with the same guy for 5 years). I mean, it's no charge or extra hassle to me to have the test thrown in with my annual PAP exam, so why wouldn't I? At least most women actually see a physician once a year and have an easy excuse for testing to be done. Guys in their 20s and 30s very seldom go to the doctor for any reason. Think about how few of them have ever been tested...
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