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How Long Does It Take for a STD to Show Up? Incubation Periods
After unprotected sex or when you discover a strange symptom in your pubic area, you may wonder about your risks of getting an STD. Below, you will find a few guidelines for how long it usually takes for STD symptoms to show up after exposure. This is the STD incubation period—the length of time between infection and when symptoms appear. Knowing them will help you determine if you have an STD and take appropriate action. It's important to keep in mind, though, that symptoms aren't always a good measure of determining whether you or your partner has an STD.
Or, how long after exposure will STD symptoms begin to appear? When you first contract an STD, your body needs time to recognize and produce antibodies to the disease. During this time period, known as the incubation period, you may not experience any symptoms. If you test for an STD too early and the incubation period is not over yet, you may test negative for the disease even if you do have it.
It seems like the best time to get tested after unprotected sex would be the next day, right? While it might seem strange, it could be a better idea to wait a few weeks or even a month to get tested depending on which STD you might have been exposed to. While Gonorrhea can take two to six days to show up on a test, HIV might take up to three months.