Last year, COVID-19 snatched summertime plans from most Americans. Graduation parties, birthday parties, vacations, backyard BBQs, and more were canceled in efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

For many people, dating was also placed on hold last year. The summer love that individuals of all ages fantasize about was postponed until another safer time. Now that COVID-19 safety guidelines are relaxing, dating is optional again.

But, what do you need to know in order to safely date this summer?

It’s crucial to keep in mind that STDs are still rampant. Before COVID-19, STD rates were at an all-time high. Testing materials and treatments were plentiful. Once COVID-19 surged, many testing kits, medications, testing centers, and personnel were re-allocated to the pandemic efforts. This means that there are still millions of cases of STDs in existence, but your new partner may not know they have an STD or received treatment.

Perhaps now more than ever it is important to have open communication about STDs early in your relationship, or at least before intercourse. This can be an uncomfortable subject, so please read our articles about how to tell your partner you have an STD and when to disclose your STD to your new partner for communication guidelines.

As always, it’s vital to practice safe sex. Use condoms, avoid risky sexual intercourse, and regularly test yourself for STDs.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.