Should I Get Tested For STDs?

While the idea of being tested for STDs can sometimes seem uncomfortable or even frightening, it’s one of the smartest things you can do for your health, especially if you’re sexually active and not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship.

The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) released testing recommendations and guidelines in 2015. The CDC recommends that:

Sexually Active Adults

(both men and women)

should be tested for HIV and Chlamydia annually

Sexually Active Women

under the age of 25

should be tested annually for Chlamydia

Pregnant Women

should be tested for HIV and Hepatitis B as soon as possible, and should be tested for Syphilis and Chlamydia at their first prenatal visit

Sexually active men

having sex with other men should be regularly tested for syphilisChlamydiaHIV, and Gonorrhea

When are STDs Detected?

Generally speaking, if you have unprotected sex with a new partner, you should be tested for STDs. It can be difficult to know when to be tested since not all STDs are detectable at the same time.