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What happens when you get tested for STIs? Does it hurt?

It depends on which STis you're being tested for. Below are some examples:

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trich: usually a urine test (just pee in a cup!) or sometimes a swab of the cervix (females) or penis (males)

Syphilis and HIV: blood test (this one might hurt a bit if you are sensitive to needles). HIV can also be tested with just a finger prick of blood.

Herpes: swab of the sore

HPV: Pap smear (a swab of the cervix). Males are not regularly screened for HPV.

If I test positive for any STIs will my parents be notified?

Nope! That information is totally confidential. As long as you have a way of getting to the clinic, none of the testing/treatment process will involve your parents. It is the law in Colorado that this information cannot be shared. 

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