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:
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.
You can be tested for HIV confidentially and even anonymously. Those administering the tests and giving your results don’t even have to know your name and can instead refer to you as a number you receive when you take the test.
The CDC recommends that every pregnant woman be tested for HIV as soon as possible, and also suggests that everyone age 13 to 64 get tested for HIV at least once.