First, the risk of contracting an STD in the lifestyle is much lower than many people believe. Research shows that consensually non-monogamous people do not have higher rates of STDs than monogamous people, despite having many more sexual partners. LINK Why?
Most people in the lifestyle are educated about the risks and get tested regularly.
We both get tested every six months, and wholeheartedly recommend STDCheck.com.
STDCheck.com is fast. It took me about 30 minutes to order my test, drive to the lab (there are 4500 nationwide) and come back home. I received my results in 24 hours.
STDCheck.com is thorough. In the YCP Facebook group, people often post their std test results from their doctor. Usually, there are only 3-4 tests ordered, and sometimes they only tested for the things someone would be the least likely to get in the lifestyle. With STDCheck.com you can get a 10-panel test with covers HIV, HSV 1, HSV 2, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Truly comprehensive.
Do not allow your physician to order tests without input from you. If you use your family doctor, bring the above list with you.
We avoid the doctor altogether and use STDCheck.com.
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