It can protect you by at least 90 percent if you take it every day.It’s always a good idea to get tested routinely for STIs, and that’s even more the case if you’re sleeping with multiple people. Because you’re potentially being exposed to more STIs, depending on if your lovers are carriers.You can test positive for HIV and Hepatitis B and C as soon as one month after infection, but in certain cases it can take up to six months to show up.That said, if you've just had an encounter that you’re worried about, tell your doctor — she will let you know when you can come in for accurate testing.We at Bustle love giving you tips for how to tap into your sexual potential and troubleshoot when things aren’t going your way in the bedroom.But what about finding solutions to those stressful sexual health situations that inevitably crop up when you’re getting down?There’s a new daily pill you can take to greatly minimize the chances of getting HIV.If this is an STI that you think you might be exposed to during your, ahem, adventures, talk to your doctor about getting on Pr EP, also called Truvada.
One note before we get into this: lots of sexual health websites and educators say things like “you’re more likely to get a sexually transmitted disease if you’re having sex with multiple people, so if you want to protect yourself, have sex with fewer people,” as if safer sex were a first grade math problem.
Based on how many partners you have and how often you have new partners, she can help you set up a testing calendar for how often you should get tested.
It’s also important to get tested if you ever have an incident that you think may have exposed you to an STI.
Now I’m free and on the prowl, but I want to make sure I’m taking care of myself.
Yes, I know I should use condoms, but if I'm hooking up with different people, is there anything else I should be doing to protect myself from STDs?