If you’re S exually active, getting an STD is a real possibility. The CDC estimates that 20 million new STD infections occur each year in the U.S. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly, and be honest with any new partners (and your gyno) about your S exual activity. It’s even more important when you consider that c0ndoms can’t protect against all STDs, and not all STDs come with symptoms—even ones that can do some serious damage.
While some STDs, like HIV and syphilis, can hang around in your body for a bit before symptoms pop up, they’re typically known for being symptomatic. In most cases, an infected person will show the telltale signs of the infection. But there are a few STDs that are actually known for being asymptomatic, which means you’ll never know you have them until they’ve spread or led to other side effects.
Here are the STDs that don’t have obvious symptoms. Take this as your official reminder to not only practice safe S.E.X , but get tested regularly especially if you have many new partners or are thinking of becoming pregnant at any point later in life.