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STI Testing

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What STIs can I get tested for?

Expert:   Harry Fisch, M.D., New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University »

If you've been sexually active, it's smart to get tested for STIs. Watch this to find out which ones you can get tested for.

Transcript: If you’ve been sexually active, it’s smart to get tested for STIs. There’s no one GENERAL test that screens for ALL STIs, but you can decide with your doctor or clinic what tests make the most sense for you. Blood and urine tests can usually detect the most common STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. HPV – the human papilloma virus that causes genital warts – is a little trickier since there’s no test for guys unless symptoms, like warts, actually develop. Women can get tested for HPV with a pap smear – and Ladies, you SHOULD get tested for HPV since it could increase your risk of cervical cancer. If you suspect you have an STI, be sure to get tested sooner rather than later, so you can get started on treatment. More »

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