The earliest you can start testing is 1 week after unprotected sex. However, depending on the STI, you may have to wait longer. Some STIs do not show up as soon as others. For example, HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis can take up to 3 months to be detected, while chlamydia and gonorrhea will show up after 2 weeks. If you do have an STI and it goes untreated, it could cause serious harm to your body and make all your sexual partners vulnerable to contracting the STI as well. If you need STI testing, go to your clinic your doctor to access a confidential test.
Remember: Wherever you go, you shouldn’t be judged because of your sexual behavior!
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