Anonymous asked: Is it normal if I think I should get tested with someone before we kiss? It seems like it be really awkward going to get tested if it's only a very casual relationship. O___o
well the only STI that can be passed through kissing is herpes, which it’s pretty much impossible to get a correct diagnoses unless you or your partner actually has a cold sore they can get a sample from. So if you currently have nothing on your lip there’s not anything they can really test. There are STIs that can get passed through more casual sexual activity, mutual masturbation, frottage, oral sex, etc. so it is definitely a good idea to get tested early on. Just remember, like I said it’s difficult to test for herpes (and HPV) so you still need to use barrier methods. And offering to go together can help with the awkwardness.