Can you have a std for years?

Symptoms may appear within a few days or weeks, but sometimes they don't appear until months or even years later. There are often few or no symptoms and you may not know that you have an STI.

Can you have a std for years?

Symptoms may appear within a few days or weeks, but sometimes they don't appear until months or even years later. There are often few or no symptoms and you may not know that you have an STI. If there's any chance that you have an STI, go to a sexual health clinic or family doctor for a confidential and free checkup. Several of the more than 20 types of STDs can remain latent for months, years, or even decades.

Latent STDs and STIs highlight the importance of sexual health testing, since only one test can determine if there is an asymptomatic infection. While some STDs, such as HIV and syphilis, can stay in the body for a while before symptoms appear, they are generally known to be symptomatic. In most cases, an infected person will show the tell-tale signs of the infection. However, there are some STDs that are known to be asymptomatic, meaning you'll never know you have them until they've spread or caused other side effects.

While the terms STDs and STIs are often used interchangeably, it's worth noting that many of these ailments are, in fact, infections that don't have any symptoms and can be cured with antibiotics. And you may not even know that you have an STI, either because the symptoms are very subtle or because there are no symptoms at all. A latent sexually transmitted disease is a disease or infection that exists in the body without causing symptoms of STDs. Each STD has a different incubation period, meaning they vary in the amount of time it takes for symptoms to appear.

That's why regular testing for STDs is essential to your health, and for the health of others it's the only way to know for sure if you have an STD.

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