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Could I have an STD even though my Pap smear was normal?

I am sexually active and have been with more than one partner. Four months ago, I had a Pap smear and it came back normal. However, today I got a sports physical and my urine came back with bacteria. Since my last Pap smear, I have been with just one person and I know he hasn’t been with anyone else. Could I have an STD even though my Pap smear was normal? Do Pap smears detect STDs? I have not had any symptoms or problems.

I don’t have any STDs and my partner says he’s clean...should he still get tested?

I had a medical exam with my gynecologist not too long ago and everything went well, so it’s safe to say that I have no diseases. A guy whom I currently see has never been tested for any sexual diseases, and he says he doesn’t have any. I trust him, but I don’t trust the other people he has been with. Is it necessary for him to get tested, too? Do we need to use condoms?

When should I start seeing an Ob-Gyn?

I have several questions...First, when should a girl get Pap smears done or start to go to see an Ob-Gyn? I’m not sexually active, but I do masturbate regularly. Is there a right way to masturbate? Sometimes I notice traces of brownish discharge on my panties. And finally, is it possible to get an STD from eating off the same plate and touching the same food as someone who has an STD? (My friend has multiple partners and hasn’t been tested.)

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