[Question #4094] testing

30 months ago
Hello - if i am starting a new relationship what STD tests should I request a partner get?  For example should I be asking them to get a hsv test?  I know CDC doesn't recommend it without symptoms.

Also still slightly confused about my previous post.  I had a viral verruca between my scrotum and anus removed.  Dermatologist said it probably wasn't an std as i've never had anal sex and not sure how it would get down to that spot as it's well hidden down there.  He said he's removed warts from all over people's body and this was just a akward place for one to show up.  Could've been from my own hand from wiping ect.   I know you've said I don't have to disclose but I'm feeling anxious about it.   If I don't have any more symptoms after a few months should I consider myself cleared and not contagious?

Thanks for your help


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
30 months ago
Welcome back to the Forum.  I applaud your plans to get checked, along with your partner as you begin a new relationship.  It might be good for both you and your new partner to go (together if at all possible) to go for a sexual health check which includes screening for STIs.  This is not an accusation but simply acknowledgement that both of you appear to have had other partners in the past, that many STIs can occur without symptoms, and that while it is unlikely that either of you are infected, knowing this based on mutually negative tests will provide a measure of confidence and trust as your relationship moves forward.  We routinely recommend this for new relationships and suggest that such testing should include testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and for the woman and sometimes the man, depending on the test performed, tests for trichamonas using either vaginal swabs of for the male a urine test.  Testing for HIV and syphilis, while far, far less likely can be easily added with a blood test if desired.  We specifically recommend against blood tests for herpes unless one partner has a history of the infection as they have relatively frequent false positive test results and can be misleading. In the US confidential testing can be obtained for little cost at health departments.

I'm sorry the problem of your verrucous lesion continues to trouble you.  As I mentioned to you. most ano-genital warts are sexually acquired but some do appear without direct sexual contact.  The origins of such lesions is typically not clear.  Irrespective, if your wart has not recurred within 3 months of its removal, you can be confident that it will not.

I hope this comment is helpful   EWH

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