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How should I be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Everyone who is sexually active should be screened for STIs at least once a year, and three to six months after any new partner. Most docs now use quick and painless urine tests to diagnose some STIs; in women, a doc might follow up with a pelvic exam if the test is positive. Pap smears, which detect precancerous changes in cervical cells caused by HPV, are not recommended until at least age twenty-one.

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