Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Infections (STIs) are common, but the types of STI testing you may need vary depending on your risk factors.
Not all STIs have symptoms, and some STIs, including HIV, take a few months before you see symptoms (or the viral load is detectable), but it is still transmissible.
As a good general rule, get tested between each sexual partner, and use barrier method protection (external condoms, internal condoms, or dental dams) for at least the first three months of a sexually monogamous relationship to protect from STI transmission.
CDC breaks down what tests are recommended based on your risk factors.
Learn about different types of STIs and treatment options. There are many different types of infections – it can be hard to know how they might be contracted, which are treatable, etc. The more you know, the better prepared you can be!
Not sure where to go to get tested? Yes Means Test is a great campaign, resource, and has a free clinic locator.
For more details about STIs, testing, and information you may be wondering, read from our Infection > Wellness section.