Confilabs wants you to “be positive you’re negative,” so it is important for you to get tested for STDs and protect both your partner and yourself.

There is no way to know that you have a sexually transmitted disease if you do not get tested, so become educated on the types of STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing is available to you. Be sure that you are using protection each and every time that you engage in sex. Unprotected sex of any kind, be it vaginal, oral, or anal, can result in an STI.

STD Test Schedule

It is a common misconception that you are receiving an STI test every time you revive a Pap smear or gynecologic examination. You need to instead request an STI test from your doctor. Your doctor can also let you know how often you should be screened and which time of screening would be best for you, since these depend on your age, your sexual risk factors, and your sexual activity.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening should be done annually if you are a sexually active women under 25, a man who has sex with men, you have HIV, or if you have sex with multiple partners. This type of screening is usually done through a urine test, or through a swab inside the penis in men or the cervix in women.

If you are sexually active and under the age of 65, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends being tested for HIV, at least once at a routine check-up or visit. Ask your doctor to test for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you test positive for another STI, if you have multiple sexual partners, if you are planning on getting pregnant, if you are a man who has male partners, and if you have used intravenous drugs.

A blood test can help detect a genital herpes infection, although results aren’t always conclusive. Ask your doctor if you believe you have contracted a herpes infection.

If you have been sexually abused or forced to engage in sexual activity against your will, know that this abuse is not your fault. Alert your doctor immediately of your situation, and get tested for STDs. You can also call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

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