eg. How do you approach an STD test with a new partner?

How long does it take after an unprotected sexual encounter for STD’s to be detectable via medical testing?

Asked by on January 1, 2014

Could I get tested, say, the day after an unprotected (stupid, I know) sexual encounter? Or does it take a little while for STD’s to be detectable?





February 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Many STDs may not cause any symptoms. If you do get symptoms caused by an STD, you may think you have another disease, since STD symptoms are similar to those caused by other diseases. Symptoms vary for each STD, but they include sores or blisters on or around the genital area or in the mouth, pain or burning during urination, unusual discharge from the vagina or penis, itching, swelling, pain in or around the vagina or penis, pain in the pelvic area or abdomen (sometimes with fever or chills), or bleeding other than your menstrual period. If you have any of these symptoms, you could have an STD, but they might also not mean anything serious. Talk to your health care provider right away and get checked out to be safe.



February 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Different STDs will show up at different times. Here are the basic window periods (the time it takes for an STD to be detected via STD testing):

Chlamydia and gonorrhea: 3 to 7 days
Genital herpes and syphilis: 3 to 6 weeks
HIV: 3 to 6 months

Keep in mind, most STDs are asymptomatic, so it’s important to test even if you feel healthy.

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