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10 Sex Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask -- but Should

        Health | Sexuality

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Have You Been Tested for STDs?

There are many exciting unknowns at the beginning of a relationship (or spontaneous sexual adventure), but the possible presence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) isn't one of them. It isn't the sexiest topic to bring up before intercourse or courtship, but it's a very good idea to ask sexual partners if they've ever been tested for STDs.

Of course, you may not get the truth -- "Sure, I've been tested!" -- but while it may be uncomfortable to ask for written proof, it's more uncomfortable to wonder why it burns so badly when you urinate a month down the road.

If you're sexually active or have had unprotected sex in the past, you should treat yourself to a test as well, even if just to put your mind at ease. After all, it's entirely within the rights of a potential sexual partner to ask you if you've been tested recently, and you should be able to answer honestly, "Yes."

STD tests are easy to get (any health clinic offers them), but you have to seek them out. There's no all-inclusive STD test -- you'll have to get several different tests to cover the array of possibilities. But keep in mind that STDs don't always present symptoms right away, and you could have a disease that's wrecking your reproductive or overall health without knowing about it.

Does "I do" mean "We won't?" See the next section to find out.


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