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my doctor told me I should come in for a physical/pap smear/std test as soon as I have vaginal intercourse for the first time.
How long should I wait after having sex (because I know that stds can take a little while to show up) to go and get checked out?
I need to go relatively soon (and I'm going to have sex soon I think) because i need to renew my prescription for BC.
What I guess I am asking is, what is the soonest after having sex for the first time that it would be best to go get checked?

oh, and my bf is already tested as std free. so yay for that.

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I'd recommend going to renew your prescription pretty quick, at the very least. Generally, there shouldn't be any penetration for at least 48 hours before had, so there's your minimum.

You'd probably be okay waiting a week or two. You're right; some STIs take weeks, months, or years to show, but that's part of why it's also recommended to do yearly screenings to cover all those bases.

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