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B. You may not have no­ticed, but STI tests aren’t stan­dard prac­tice with gy­nae­col­o­gist vis­its. Rather, they’re avail­able if you specif­i­cally re­quest them. That could be prob­lem­atic, since most women (around 70 per­cent) with STIs have no symp­toms, says Dr Natalia Novikova, an aes­thetic gy­nae­col­o­gist and en­do­scopic sur­geon. Not know­ing your STI sta­tus could be dan­ger­ous, says Novikova. “They cause se­vere ill­nesses and im­pair fer­til­ity in the fu­ture. It’s also pos­si­ble to trans­mit to your sex­ual part­ners with­out know­ing,” she says. If you’re with a new part­ner, al­ways use con­doms – and get tested ASAP.

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