10 Things You Need to Know About Getting Tested for STDs

3. Be fully honest with your doctor

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Your doctor needs to know about your sexual history in order to determine the best tests for you. | iStock.com

Discussing your sexual history can be awkward, but it’s imperative you be 100% honest with your health care provider. In most cases, testing clinics are just happy you’re there in the first place. These kinds of questions are designed to help your doctor determine which tests he or she should perform. If you don’t answer honestly, you’re only putting yourself at risk.

For example, the CDC has testing guidelines based on certain populations. Testing recommendations differ for pregnant women, adolescents, same-sex couples, and beyond. After all, you don’t want to forgo a test that might help save your life.

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