It can be a little tricky, but here are the basics. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States, and gonorrhea is also incredibly common.
Aside from the fact that you don't want to give an STD to someone else, carrying one can still pose a threat to your own health.
"Many STDs cause no symptoms but [if left] untreated can lead to serious long-term health problems.
We know we should ask every new partner to "get tested," but what for, exactly? "Since many STDs show no symptoms, you or your partner may have an STD from a previous relationship and not know it," says Shea.
With news that certain STDs are practically as common as the flu and that many men aren't even getting tested anymore, what's the new "normal" when it comes to safe sex? Many guys will say they've never had anything or noticed anything wrong, but that means nothing.2.
STD testing windows vary by STD, so it’s important to make sure you’ve matched the window period with the specific STD(s) you are getting tested.
Lastly, it’s essential to remember, during incubation or window periods, an infected person can transmit the infection/disease to someone else.And even if he did have a physical this year, "Not all medical checkups include STD testing, so unless you ask to be tested, you can't assume you have been." Plus, he might have hooked up with five different women since his last test.3.Herpes and HPV are so common, is it even possible to avoid them?Karen Shea, nurse practitioner and director of medical standards at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, breaks it all down for us. Don't hold off on the conversation until you've done the deed, and then panic all night that you might have been exposed to something. Shea answers all the rest of your questions below:1. Don't men get tested at their annual physicals, like women do at the gynecologist?"Not enough men get the checkups and preventive care they need," Shea says."It's true that most people who have had sex get HPV at some point in their lives," confirms Shea.