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How Often Should You Get Tested for STDs? 6 Tips

In 2017, around 2.3 million new cases of STDs (such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis) were diagnosed.

In 2016, there were already record-high numbers for these diagnoses, but 2017 proved to be even worse.

As you can imagine, a few years later, these numbers are still pretty bad. You may be worried about your own health, especially if you’ve had new partners recently.

But exactly how often should you get tested for STDs? Below, we’ll give you 6 tips on how to determine the right frequency for you.

1. If You’re Sexually Active Between 21 and 25

In your early 20s, this is probably when you’re most sexually active.

If you’re between 21 and 25, and you have at least one sexual encounter every year, then it’s wise to get tested annually. If you’ve had unprotected sex, then you’ll want to get tested as soon as possible.

There’s nothing wrong with exploring your sexuality and experimenting with multiple partners. However, even with proper precautions, you may still get an STD. Generally, the more partners you’ve had, the higher your chances of catching one.

When you get tested every year, make sure you get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. These two STDs are very prevalent in this age group.

2. If You’re Sexually Active Over 25

Typically, sexual frequency stabilizes and/or decreases after the age of 25.

Many people find a long-term partner to be monogamous with, so the chances of introducing new STDs are slimmer.

Because of this, if you’re over 25, you generally don’t need to get an STD test unless you get a new partner(s). Like with the advice from above, if you ever have unprotected sex, then you’ll want to get tested to make sure you haven’t been exposed to any STDs.

3. If You’re Having Casual Sex

If you’ve recently gotten a new partner and you’re not in a monogamous sexual relationship, you’ll both want to get tested before you start anything sexual with one another.

This will establish that both of you have clean bills of health.

You should always disclose to one another when you get a new partner and always practice safe sex. If you have unprotected sex with anyone else, inform your partner immediately.

In general, get tested at least twice a year. If new partners are introduced and/or unprotected sex occurs, your STD tests should be more frequent.

4. If You’re in a Dry Spell

If you’ve had no sexual encounters for a while, you most likely won’t need an STD test.

This is especially true if you had an STD test done after your most recent sexual experience.

However, you may not necessarily be in the clear. HIV can take some time to be detectable, so if you got STD testing done promptly after your last sexual encounter, it may have been too soon to detect any HIV in your system.

In this case, you’ll want to speak with your doctor. Give them all the details of your sexual history and they can determine if you need to be tested for HIV or not.

5. If You’ve Just Started a Relationship

If you’ve just started a romantic, monogamous relationship, then you both need to get tested as soon as possible, before you do anything sexual.

That way, if either of you has anything lingering from a previous relationship, you can get it taken care of before you start a sexual relationship with one another.

6. If You’re in a Long-Term Relationship

You may think that if you’re in an established long-term, monogamous relationship, you don’t need to be tested for STDs anymore.

However, the unpleasant reality is either partner may cheat. If you’ve cheated or are experiencing strange symptoms, you’ll want to get tested straight away.

Also, if you’re in a polyamorous or open relationship, you’ll want to follow the same guidelines laid out for casual relationships. Get tested when new partners are introduced and/or when someone has unprotected sex.

Other Important Questions

Now that you know how often you should get tested, we’re here to provide answers to important questions you may have.

Where Are You Located?

One of the best things about Rapid STD Testing is we have various locations.

All you have to do is visit a participating lab that’s located near you.

Do I Need an Appointment?

No, you won’t need an appointment.

Just walk in and your visit should take around 15 minutes.

How Fast Will I Get My Results Back?

You should get your results in 1 to 2 business days or less.

However, if you order advanced tests, they may take up to 5 business days.

Can I Use My Insurance?

Unfortunately, you can’t use your insurance. We can’t use insurance payments for elective testing.

If you’d like to use your insurance, you may have better luck consulting with your doctor.

Is the Testing Free?

No, the testing is not free.

How Much Is Testing?

The cost of STD testing depends on what panel you get.

Individual tests start from $99. For STD panels, they start from $189.

How Often Should You Get Tested for STDs? It Depends on Your Lifestyle

So, how often should you get tested for STDs?

As you can tell by the 6 tips we’ve given you, it all depends on your lifestyle; specifically, how many partners you and they have currently.

In general, you’ll need less frequent testing if you stick with a long-term partner in a monogamous relationship. But even with that scenario, it’s good to still get tested once in a while, as some STDs can be dormant and the possibility of cheating is never out of the question.

Do yourself a favor and get some testing done. Not only will you get peace of mind, but you’ll also get a clean bill of health.

If you need to get tested for STDs, then give us a call at 866-872-1888 to get started.