Transitive STD testing and testing for oral transmission, oh my!
September 17, 2011 5:42 AM Subscribe
I had unprotected sex and performed cunnilingus. I'm uninsured. I'm asymptomatic. Where and what type of STD testing should I look for? Also, if I test clean then what is the chance that that she too is/was clean? The primary question is where can I get a general panel of STD testing cheaply (or free) given that I am currently uninsured because I'm (hopefully temporarily) unemployed. Barring other options, how much should I expect to spend at my general doctor for the proper tests? Is that worth it given my situation below?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Also, given that in addition to sex I performed cunnilingus with no protection what other STD hazards have I potentially exposed myself to and how do I bring this up with my doctor or whoever does the testing? Do I need specific tests?
Finally, how conclusive would my being clean be to establish that my exclusive sexual partner is also clean?
Quick background, I've never been that sexually active in the past. Even so, in the last about 5 years with no activity I've had a few of the "oh might as well do the STD blood work" during some of my physicals just because, why not? I've always been clean.
Fast forward to about 3 months ago, I was traveling abroad and had the above mentioned sex with (and only with) the woman who is now my girlfriend. I have had no real symptoms* but I worry. She will be visiting the US soon and I'm concerned about how to broach the topic of mutual STD testing since... it seems a little like closing the barn door after the horse has left. Plus it could be a touchy subject, cultural differences and all, she may not understand if I demand she get tested out of the blue. (don't get me wrong, mutual testing is my ideal scenario, barring cost and confusion factors)
So I'm thinking maybe if I get tested and am clean it would imply that she too is clean? Does it work like that? For the record we had unprotected sex+ about 6 times ending around a month ago. I expect we will have unprotected sex+ again when she visits.
Thanks Hive Mind.
*I am a hypochondriac so I've "noticed things" but they are minor and have more reasonable explanations... like I'm thinking about it too much. At any rate, nothing to indicate a specific test or concern.