You’ve had more than one part­ner and don’t al­ways use con­doms.

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Why it’s key: If your doc doesn’t know, you may not be of­fered screen­ing or treat­ment for sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases (STDs). Some, left un­treated, can lead to pelvic in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease, ec­topic preg­nancy or in­fer­til­ity. And cer­tainly you don’t want to be un­aware of HIV. ‘If they’re de­tected early, STDs are eas­ier to treat, and you can pre­vent spread­ing of the dis­ease,’ says Katz, au­thor of Dis­ease-Proof: Slash Your Risk Of Heart Dis­ease, Can­cer, Di­a­betes, And More – By 80 Per­cent (Plume). How to spit it out: Re­quest a test. Say you’d like to be screened for STDs be­cause you or your part­ner has had un­pro­tected sex. This puts the con­ver­sa­tion squarely into the med­i­cal realm, not the per­sonal or moral one. A doc­tor shouldn’t make you feel judged, so try to put aside em­bar­rass­ment.

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