Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) STD Testing - tSTD.org STD TESTING:HIV, HPV, Herpes, Chlamydia & Gonorrhea If possible, try to include your most recent sex experience. Someone may have been tested 3 months ago but had sex since then. Theoretically, even just one sexual encounter can change your status from disease-free. Some people haven't been tested in years because they haven't had sex in years and some have never been tested cuz they've never had sex. Considering that all std's combined equal MILLIONS of infected people, your likelihood of running into someone with an std is very high, especially since they don't wear t-shirts that say "I have syphillis" or "I have AIDS" I'm not trying to scare anybody but with so many lives lost to preventable conditions, I hope you guys take a second to think about your sexual and emotional health. I loathe some of you:biggrin1: but wouldn't wish this kind of harm on anyone on this site. TIPS to first-time testers: -Take a friend or get tested with a friend for support. -Scheduling an appointment is the first step towards the "I'll do it tomorrow" attitude. -Gather any information that may be useful (sexual history, condom-use frequency, etc..) -Don't be scared of getting tested, be scared of NOT getting tested!!! This kind of blissful ignorance can literally kill you. There's more hope catching HIV/AIDS in the early stages than finding out later on once the disease has progressed and torn your body apart. -Do research on the web and ask questions at the doctor's office. Ask the doctor how you can be more careful. If you're diagnosed, ask him about your disease, what it means/does to the body, nutritional guidelines (some STDs interfere with the way your body processes nutrients so changes in diet need to be made), etc.. Also, either before or after the doctor visit, hit up google or yahoo-search and see what information you can find. To avoid being misinformed, I always check several different sites and note whatever facts seem consistent on multiple sites. I wasn't really nervous my first time going just cuz I knew how important it was. When I turned 18 I became a hoe with a capital H and once I started getting tested at 20 I was constantly worried that an old demon would come back to haunt me but thankfully I'm disease-free at 22. Any comments, stories, contributions, etc.. are appreciated.