Protection or Not, Testing is a Good Idea

Q: I have only been sexually active for about six months. There was one incident in which protection was not used. Should I seek testing for STDs?

B. Case

Tampa, FL

A: If you have had unprotected sex it is a good idea to seek testing, even if you don’t show any noticeable symptoms. Many STDs do not present any symptoms, but can still be transmitted. Also, STDs that are left untreated can often lead to irreversible damage.

If you don’t have any symptoms and you’re just trying to be safe you can probably just stick with traditional STD testing. We offer a panel including the HIV antibody test as well as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and others. The testing process is fast, private, and easy. Please call our office if you have questions or would like to arrange for testing.