Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, answers sexual health questions at EMandLO.com. To ask her your own question, click here.
Dear Dr. Vanessa,
I'm a woman in her early '30s with a pretty active sex life. I always use condoms, but I know those don't protect you 100%. What STD tests should I ask my doctor for, and how often should I get tested?
It's FANTASTIC that you protect yourself by using condoms every time you have sex. Condoms are the best way for sexually active people to protect ourselves. All condoms except lambskin condoms offer very good protection against HIV. They also substantially reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, chancroid, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, HPV, pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
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