Just as you go to the dentist to check in on your teeth, you should check up on your genitals every so often to make sure they’re chilling STI-free.
You want to make sure you’re not taking anything with you on the way out.
Check out your local Planned Parenthood for a list of health centers that provide STI testing. After looking over your genitals or mouth for any signs of an STI, someone will take a blood sample. You’ll have your results in less than a week!
Note: Getting an STI, while unfortunate, isn’t the end of the world. Someone who has an STI isn’t “dirty.” Thanks to modern medicine, chlamydia, gonorrhea, crabs and syphilis are all curable with antibiotics. Herpes and hepatitis B and C are irreversible, but they can be controlled with medicine. You can protect against HPV (which can lead to cervical cancer) with Gardasil, a series of three shots that prevents one from ever getting HPV (people who don’t have uteruses can get it as well to avoid ever giving it to a partner!).