If you value your health – sexual and otherwise – regular STD (or, more accurately, STI) testing is crucial. While its frequency may vary from person to person, depending on factors such as our lifestyle, preferences and risk-aversion, all sexually active folks should make room in their calendar for this check-up.
However, even if one is eager to get tested regularly, they may find this area confusing and tricky to navigate. First of all, It isn’t always immediately clear how to get tested efficiently or what the most budget-friendly options are. On top of that, in some areas even the healthcare providers offer little help. After all, many of us are asymptomatic and want to get tested simply to have peace of mind. And anyway, what should we even get tested for if all we want is a routine check-up?
In an attempt to answer all those burning questions, I decided to create a guide on getting tested for the Big 5* in my city of residence, Warsaw. It will come in handy for anyone living in Warsaw or staying here for a while/stopping by, who wants to get tested. In it you will read about the best testing options Warsaw has to offer (including the cheapest and simplest ones) as well as a guide on how to get all your important tests done in the most time-efficient way possible. The guide is available in Polish as well as in English:
*The Big Five: I know some of you may be wondering – what is this Big 5? The Big 5 refers to the 5 key STIs that sexually active folks should get tested for as well as discuss with new partners during the Safer Sex Talk – HIV, Syphilis, HCV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.
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