STD testing is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Because so many STDs have few symptoms, it isn’t always easy to know when an infection occurs.
In observance of STD Awareness Month, celebrated each April, here are some guidelines for when STD testing is recommended.
When to Get STD Testing
- HIV testing should be conducted at least once for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64
- Injection drug users should be tested for HIV infection once a year
- Women who are pregnant should be tested for hepatitis B, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV
- At-risk pregnant women should be tested for gonorrhea
- Females younger than 25 should undergo testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year
- Women older than 25 who have multiple sex partners or a new sex partner should be tested annually for gonorrhea and chlamydia
- Gay and bisexual men who are sexually active should be tested once per year for gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia
- Anyone who regularly has unprotected sex with multiple partners may need to be tested more frequently
Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
Keep in mind that you can be tested as often as you wish. If you ever suspect that something is amiss, it’s a good idea to pursue STD testing. It’s always better to know than to be kept in the dark. Plus, early detection makes it easier to treat an STD and can prevent some of the more serious side effects from manifesting.
How to Get Started with Testing for STDs
Some people are uncomfortable visiting their doctor for STD testing. ARCpoint Labs makes it convenient and comfortable to get tested for STDs. No insurance, doctor’s orders, or appointments are required, and results are always delivered quickly and confidentially. We provide both comfort and anonymity.