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TheWorrier
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I was in a sexual relationship with this guy for about 4 months. We rarely used condoms, because of my being on the pill. We both said we weren't having sex with anyone else, but I'm starting to have my doubts about him.

Anyways, the first time i noticed anything strange was last month, when I had the symptoms of a yeast infection. However, I also had instances of spotting and lower back pain, which I've read can signify an STD.

Thankfully, I haven't had any of those symptoms this month, and my discharge is starting to look and smell normal again. I want to try to see a doctor, but I don't have the money or time. My question is, does this situation sound like he gave me an STD, or did I just have an infection?

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Karybu
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Whether it's an STI specifically or some other type of general infection is something only a doctor can tell you, really. If you want to toss your zip code or general area up here, I can have a poke around and see what might be available in terms of sexual healthcare where you are.

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TheWorrier
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Well, I've been contemplating going to a planned parenthood nearby and getting tested. Part of me doubts this guy was having sex with anyone else, but I want to be sure. I just don't have the money to get the testing done, is the thing.
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Heather
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It might help to know that with most STIs, most of the time, people who get or have them don't experience any noticeable symptoms.

As well, if someone has had any kind of sexual partners before us, then already, there has been a possibility of STIs: in that case, even if they were only with us when they were really doesn't change anything.

Both of those things given, that's why just getting in the habit of regular STI testing is the best bet, rather than only getting tested when a person thinks there have been symptoms, or suspects a partner may not have been exclusive.

Planned Parenthood clinics operate on a sliding scale based on your income, so you can call in and get an idea of what it might cost. Public health departments also often offer some STI testing at low or no-cost, so that's another place to check.

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