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New relationship? Ask your partner to get tested for these 5 STIs before having sex

Published on:3 November 2020, 18:12pm IST
Your health always comes first no matter what. So if you are in a new relationship, make sure your partner gets tested for these 5 STIs before you get intimate.
Shreya Gupta
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Play safe and ask your partner to get tested. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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One of the most common myths that surrounds sexually-transmitted infections and diseases is that if you have one, you’ll get to know it. This, however, is not true.  Most people don’t showcase any STI or STD symptoms until the situation becomes aggravated. Which is why, you must ask your partner to get all the necessary tests done before consummating your relationship. 

If your partner has other sexual partners before you, chances are that they might have been exposed to an STI. So it’s time for an honest conversation, during which you must ask them to get these tests done:

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1. Chlamydia

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting tested for chlamydia at least once a year. If your partner has been sexually active for a while or has had multiple partners before you, then you must urge him to get the test done before taking the relationship to a next level with you. A relatively pain-free test, it just requires a urine sample.

2. Gonorrhea

It is recommended to get screened for gonorrhea at least once a year. New or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has had a sexually-transmitted infection increases your risk of contracting gonnorhea to many folds. If your partner has had oral/anal sex before, they should let the doctor know gonorrhea can also cause anal and oral infections.

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Although totally curable, you can protect yourself from STDs like gonorrhoea by practicing safe sex. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. HIV

The CDC recommends everyone aged 13 to 64 to get tested for HIV at least once. And according to them, 25% of HIV cases are transmitted by people who don’t even know that they are infected. So, asking your partner to get the test done can be a life-saving idea for the both of you.

Also, read: Has your partner been tested for HIV? Here’s how to have THE TALK with him, according to an expert

4. Genital herpes

Herpes is a very common STI that showcases symptoms like genital pain, sores, and itching. However, the most surprising part about this infection is that many people don’t always show signs of the infection. So, going in for a test to rule out genital herpes is always advisal. The test is usually done on blood samples if it has an asymptomatic presentation or by taking the swab of the affected area, in case it is symptomatic.

5. Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that usually starts as a painless sore. If not detected and treated in the early stages, syphilis can damage the brain, nerves, eyes or even heart. So, from a safety point of view, it is better for you and as well as your partner to get the test done for syphilis to rule out any chances.

STIs are getting more and more common these days. And while many people shy away from getting tested, there’s absolutely nothing to feel embarrassed about. There’s nothing wrong in asking your partner to get tested for the sake of your health and theirs!

Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.