It might be awk, but it's important to have an honest convo with your doctor about your sexual history so they can recommend what tests you need.There's a whole menu of tests your doctor can run for you, and they don't necessarily give you every one.Confidential tests are available at Planned Parenthood or your city/county health clinics, which have the added benefit of being free or cheap.
If you've just been diagnosed, you might feel totally alone, but the truth is that you're not alone at all. The underlying virus (that would be herpes) is the same, so people lump it together in the STD category.It sounds icky to categorize anything you're dealing with as an STD because people can be weird about discussing things related to sex.But having an STD is no different than anything else you'd go to the doctor for. There's a medication you can take during an outbreak to help it clear up (the brand name version is called Valtrex).You should also contact your previous partners to let them know that you've been diagnosed: "Hey, I just found out I have [insert STD here], you might want to get tested." That convo isn't always the most comfortable thing in the world, but your partners will be grateful for your honesty.You can't tell if a person has an STD just by looking at them — even if their junk looks perfectly normal. The first time you have this kind of chat, it can be awkward, but it's no less awkward than actually getting naked and having sex for the first time. We hate to say it, but there's always a tiny sliver of a chance that your partner isn't being honest about being exclusive (or isn't being honest about their last test results).