STD Exposure? When Will You Know?


One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to assume you’ll have symptoms immediately after exposure and know whether or not you have an STD. The truth is, STDs vary widely and there is a broad range of time before these diseases or viruses produce symptoms – and some never do!

The Diverse Timeline of STD Symptoms

If you had unprotected sex and think you’re in the clear if you do not see STD symptoms within a few days or even weeks, you may be wrong. The length of time that it takes STDs to show symptoms depends on the type. Some STDs are asymptomatic!

Here are some of the most common STDs and what you can expect in terms of symptoms:

Chlamydia: 1 – 3 weeks, or asymptomatic

Genital herpes:

Genital warts: 2 months – 1 year, or asymptomatic

Gonorrhea: within 2 weeks of infection

HIV: May take 5 – 10 years to show symptoms

Syphilis: 10 days – 3 months

Confidential STD Testing in Cumming

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to an STD, the best plan is to get tested. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we understand the sensitive subject matter surrounding STDs and STD testing. We want patients to feel comfortable in asking questions about STDs as well as scheduling a test. Our Cumming office makes is a priority to ensure complete confidentiality with STD diagnosis and treatment. Many STDs can not only cause disruptive symptoms, but also serious long-term repercussions. Call today to book your appointment.

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