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Hello, About 2 and a half years ago there could have been a possible, however not likely because i used protection, STD transmission. I know symptoms for an STD are generally undetectable, and I sure haven't come across any. My question is, would I eventually begin to feel and notice symptoms after this long of a period? Is there a time frame where you just know you couldn't possibly have an STD due to no symptoms showing up after so long? Does this time frame exist and is it a natural way of knowing you don't have an STD as opposed to getting tested? Thank you so much for reading and i hope you understand my question.

Hi,

Thanks for writing.

Unfortunately, the only way to know if you have an STD (or not) is to get tested.

Like you mentioned, some STDs don’t create any symptoms, and it’s not possible to tell if someone has an STD based on the presence or absence of symptoms.

Further, there is no timeframe by which we can say a person would have either cleared, or become aware of having, an STD. We know that some STDs like Syphilis and Chlamydia can live in the body for years without creating symptoms… In the case of syphilis this can even be 20-30 years!

That said, condoms protect against most STDs, so the chance of getting an STD from protected sex is much lower than that of unprotected sex. However, some STDs (like Syphilis) are passed through skin-to-skin contact, which can occur even when using a condom.

If you’re concerned that you have been exposed to an STD we would recommend getting tested. Testing can be easy and confidential, and can be done with your regular family doctor, at a walk-in clinic, or at an STD Clinic. For a list of STD clinics near you check out our Clinic Finder page.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to comment below or submit another question as needed.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on June 28, 2017

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