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after having unprotected oral sex, how soon after can one be tested for std's? is there some time period where testing is done too early and may show up as negative even though an infection occurred?

[ 03-18-2007, 05:34 PM: Message edited by: stevenchu135 ]

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It's usually recomended you receive a full STI screening about one month after you had unprotected sexual contact, then to continue your safer sex regime, receive a test again about 6 months from your first. And of course, be sure to be practicing safer sex in the meantime by using condoms/dental dams, etc. [Smile]

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As dailicious said, it usually takes about a month for most STI's to show up on a screen.

HIV, however, has a three-month waiting period. (Usually most people who test positive will test positive at 6 weeks, though).

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