STDs from a Valentine’s Fling?

valentineWere you feeling lonely on February 14th?  Did you go out with some friends and basically say F You Valentines Day.  Did you maybe drink a little too much and make some questionable decision afterwards.  You’re not alone.  Alcohol can stifle our inhibitions leading us to do things that we would normally not do, or worse, do things we just don’t remember.

Now that some time has passed, it would be a good time to consider STD testing if any of the paragraph above applies to you.  There is a window period for all STDs, which meaning they will not be detected right away on a screening test.  As much as you may have wanted to, it wouldn’t have made sense to get tested on February 15th, but we have come a long way in the length of time it takes to detect certain STDs, especially HIV.

There is now and HIV test that is FDA approved to test for HIV and be conclusive 11 days after a potential exposure.  This has come a long way from having a test at 3 months and then again at 6 months that regular HIV tests recommend.  Most other STDs can be detected within 2-3 weeks from exposure.