STDs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases can indeed prove to be one of the most dangerous side effects of sex. The worse part is that many times the symptoms aren't shown for the longest time. Every year 333 million people worldwide are infected with syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis, which are the 4 most common sex-transmitted diseases. But can you contract STIs from unprotected sex you had years ago? And how long does It take for STD symptoms to appear? Everything you need to know! Pain During Sex: What Are the Reasons Behind Painful Intercourse? From Lubrication to STIs Everything You Need to Know. 

Can You Contract STIs from Unprotected Sex You Had Years Ago?

It is possible that infections like HIV may take years to show any symptoms. In India, the symptoms of one in six people with HIV have not been identified. Similarly, many times there are no symptoms of chlamydia, but if left untreated, your ability to have a baby can be affected. If you have any doubts, you must not shy to go to your local clinic and get yourself tested. One must have a blood test done for HIV and syphilis, and a urine test or a swab taken for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

How Long Does It Take for STD Symptoms to Appear?

STD symptoms may take quite some to show. When you first contract an STD, your body takes time to recognise and produce antibodies often known as the incubation period. During this period you may not experience any symptoms. So it may take longer to get the symptoms.

If you have NOT had unprotected (without a condom) vaginal or anal sex, it is unlikely that you are at risk of HIV. There may be HIV risk via kissing and touching. If you have had oral sex with a male, there may be a small risk of getting HIV, especially when they ejaculate in your mouth. Some people use condoms for oral sexual activity too. Flavored condoms can also come in handy.

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