I’m Abstinent, Should I Still Get Tested?

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It is a common belief that being tested for sexually transmitted diseases or infections during abstinence is unnecessary, but contrary to popular belief being tested even while in the midst of sexual inactivity is necessary and highly recommended.

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Fact of the matter is, deciding to abstain from sexual activity is the most effective means of preventing the contraction and spread of sexually transmitted diseases, however, being abstinent does not insure that you are STD free. Making the decision to become sexually active places a person at risk for contracting STDs, and unfortunately many of these infections don’t show any symptoms.