I’ve already been tested…

So why should I get checked again? Well, numerous reasons. Every time you have sex with another partner, there’s a chance of STD transmission. And just because you are honest and use condoms, doesn’t mean exactly that your partner is (or does). And what happens when a condom fails? Also, if you perhaps already have an STD, that doesn’t make you exempt to contract another one.  So, first and foremost, you need to tell your partner (if you haven’t done so already) about your sexual health. It will be tough and you’ll need to be honest…and then let them know that they should get tested too. Do not let your pride or embarrassment get in the way of their own personal health just because you had a short lapse in judgment. They would rather hear it from you first hand rather than potentially finding out they have symptoms of an STD down the road and trace it back to you. Secondly, you could be harming your body as well. Some STDs like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia do not even show symptoms…and by the time they do, can have already damaged your internal organs like your liver and heart. So, be honest with yourself and with your partner(s), be safe, and get checked annually.