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Many people and resources recommend getting tested for STDs before becoming sexually active, but it's always seemed to me that it might not be a bad idea to be tested even if one is not active.

Some STDs can seriously impair one's health, and it seems as though it would be good to know if one had something of that sort just for one's own health, so that it could be treated or managed appropriately, since, after all, it's hard to treat something you don't know you have.

Am I totally off my rocker?

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I think you're on the right track here. As we say at ST, there are STIs that are also transmitted non-sexually - oral herpes, for example, can be transmitted through something as innocent as a kiss from a family member, or a shared cup. If you've ever gotten a piercing from a shady place, blood borne STIs like Hep B and HIV are a possibility. We get checkups for everything else; being proactive about one's sexual health is never a bad thing!

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