10 Things You Need to Know About Getting Tested for STDs

2. Your doctor will not automatically test for STDs

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You need to speak up if you want your doctor to test for STDs. | iStock.com

You need to communicate with your doctor if you want testing done, because it’s not part of a typical exam. “Some people assume they will be tested for STDs when they have an exam for another reason, such as when a woman has a Pap test or when a man has a physical,” Planned Parenthood says. “This is not true — you will not automatically be tested for STDs.” So, if you want to be tested, you need to specifically tell your doctor.

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