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Getting Tested isn’t Just for Cheaters and Players

Published: October 30, 2014

If you haven’t done anything risky, why would you need to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), right? You’ve been faithful, so you shouldn’t have a reason to need to get checked.

Actually, that’s not the case at all. STI testing is not just for cheaters and players. In fact, if you are sexually active and even in a committed relationship, it is wise to get yourself tested.

Why should you get tested even if you haven’t been cheating?

For one, if you’ve never been tested before, you should make sure you don’t have any STIs in the first place. You may feel as if you’ve known your partner forever, but that doesn’t mean you know everything.  Another reason to get tested is that you can catch an STI from people even if they don’t look sick. Take HIV for instance. You can have HIV for years and never show obvious symptoms. Your date could have a Chlamydia infection and not even know it. The only real way to know if you have an STI is to get tested.

For all these reasons, it’s important to get tested even if you and your partner are faithful. You can never be too safe, and you don’t want to give someone a disease you didn’t even know you had.

You can find the closest STI testing center to you on the My Body, My Future home page.


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