How long can it take for an STI or STD to produce symptoms or accurate test results?

by Rachel on June 4, 2011

My Ex girl friend slept with someone she doesn’t know and wants to get back with me and I don’t know how long I should wait to see if she has a STI or STD. Some please answer.

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Lil Aquarius 3207 June 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

it depends on where you go get tested! i know when you go to planned parent hood they can tell you within a week or so? or maybe go to a clinic that has result ready within 30 or so mins… you should look around online or call a couple of clinics!!!!!!!!

alanninn June 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

if she has a herpes symplex it can take years and some carry without ever showing symptoms..GET A NEW GIRLFRIEND!

korkukorku June 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

HIV.. I think the most important of all is HIV. The window period for HIV testing is 3 months. She has to wait at least 13 weeks (3 months) after the LAST time she had a risky encounter to get tested and to get accurate and conclusive results.

prettiest_lisa June 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

AIDS can take months, syphillis may go unnoticed and will last years. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia usually don’t take more than a few days.

IN any case…you need a new girlfriend.

beautiful June 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

use condoms

Scout June 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

The easy answer, as the others have said, is get a new girlfriend. Obviously, that’s not always practical. The problem is this, when you go to an STD clinic, health department, or even the ER the more common STD’s are easily picked up within1-4 weeks it depends on the disease. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are usually picked up in a week. These aren’t the ones you care about though. You get a shot or take some pills and these go away. It’s the life long illnesses you have to worry about such as HIV, hepatitis, genital warts, and herpes. HIV and hepatitis can be tested for, but aren’t routinely (I’m an ER doc, believe me it’s hard to get us to test) and herpes and genital warts you can’t test unless you actually have the lesions or sores present. The problem is you can catch herpes and genital warts even when your partner has no sores or warts that you can see.
The world of STD’s is very scary. I know your wanting a fail safe answer, but there just isn’t one. I’m sorry. Even if you had her other partner tested you wouldn’t be even 80% safe.

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