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How soon after exposure can STDs be detected by tests? Is this different for men and women?

Dr. Melanie Davis says: There’s no easy answer to this question. Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are asymptomatic for months or years. Some STIs show symptoms in women, but not in men. The best bet is to get tested every few months and between new partners. If you have symptoms, get tested right away, with a follow-up in a few months, per your healthcare provider’s advice. To protect yourself from exposure, use condoms and/or dental dams during sexual activity.

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