Understanding the Incubation Period of STDs
Knowing how long it takes for symptoms for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) to show up depends on the type of STD you may have. While some STD symptoms could appear in a few days, some symptoms may not appear for weeks or months. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Find Out If You Have an STD
If you are sexually active, it’s critical to stay on top of your sexual health — and the only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to keep up with regular yearly screening and testing after unprotected sex. These common STDs have the following range of incubation periods:
- Chlamydia: 7 - 21 days
- Genital herpes: 2 to 12 days
- Gonorrhea: 2 to 10 days
- Hepatitis A: 15 to 50 days
- Hepatitis B: 60 to 150 days
- Hepatitis C: 2 weeks to 6 months
- HIV: less than 1 to 15 years
- HPV: up to 20 years (depending on the type)
- Syphilis: 10 days 30 years (depending on the type)
- Trichomoniasis: 5 to 28 days
The Importance of Regular Screening for STDs
Since some STDs are asymptomatic and may have long latency periods, sexually active individuals should get regular screenings. Leaving an STD untreated can lead to long-term health complications. Early detection is critical.
In some cases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, it can be curable with antibiotics. Other STDs can be managed with regular care from your doctor and medications.
Contracted an STD From a Partner? We’re Here to Help.
If you contracted an STD from a sexual partner who failed to inform you of their STD status, you might have grounds to file an STD lawsuit. From medical bills and lost wages to pain and suffering and more, pursuing an STD claim can help provide you with the recovery you need to move on with your life. We understand that speaking out against someone who gave you an STD is a personal and private matter. Our attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time while ensuring your privacy is protected.
Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.