I realize that we aren't all in the US, but I saw an announcement about this today and I figure it's a good excuse for everyone to have a reminder about the importance of regular STD/STI testing.
If you have been sexually active, if you are thinking about becoming sexually active, if you aren't in the habit of getting regularly screened... it's a great time to go ahead and do it. Remember that even if you and a potential partner haven't been sexual with other people, many things that can be sexually transmitted aren't only transmitted that way, so not having had sex isn't a guarantee that you have never been at risk of infection.
It's always a good idea, when talking about sex with a new potential partner, to go over your testing history and your partner's and talk about when you were last tested, what you were tested for, and what sort of safer sex precautions you'll take. If you've ever felt awkward bringing up safer sex practices, this article is worth a read: Safe, Sound & Sexy: A Safer Sex How-To
Here's an article from our archives with a lot more information on why you should look into testing, and what the process is generally like: Testing, Testing...
Thoughts on testing? Any problems getting partners to take testing and safer sex seriously?
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