Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a great way to keep yourself and others healthy when you're sexually active.

Because knowing your status should be as easy as, well, peeing in a cup.

Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a great way to keep yourself and others healthy when you’re sexually active.

Getting tested is pretty much always a good idea — whether you just got into a new relationship with someone, you recently had unprotected sex, or you’re just not totally sure what your status is.

Ideally, you should start getting tested after your first sexual encounter and then between partners in the future. STIs can be spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex — and sometimes just through skin-to-skin genital contact or sharing sex toys. So if you’re engaging in any of these sexual activities, it’s probably time to think about getting tested — even if you think you and your partner are STI-free.

*FYI: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) essentially mean the same thing, though many experts choose to use the term STI since a disease is something that comes with a certain set of symptoms, and STIs are often symptomless.

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Think an STI can never happen to someone like you? Well, STI rates are currently the highest they’ve ever been, and more than half of those infections occur in people under the age of 25.

Think an STI can never happen to someone like you? Well, STI rates are currently the highest they've ever been, and more than half of those infections occur in people under the age of 25.

So, yeah, they’re pretty damn common. According to the 2015 Surveillance Report from the CDC, STIs have reached an all-time high in the US, meaning the total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever.

Even though young people only make up a quarter of the sexually active population in the US, they account for more than half of the 20 million new STI infections each year.

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But don’t freak out. STIs are all treatable, and many of them are even curable with a simple dose of antibiotics. The thing is, you really need to get tested to know you have one.

But don't freak out. STIs are all treatable, and many of them are even curable with a simple dose of antibiotics. The thing is, you really need to get tested to know you have one.

“One of the most important things people need to know is that most STDs have absolutely no symptoms at all,” Elizabeth Torrone, PhD, epidemiologist at the division of STD prevention at the CDC, tells BuzzFeed Health.

Plus, symptomless STIs aren’t necessarily harmless. If infections continue without being treated, this can lead to more serious health complications or increase your risk of contracting other STIs or HIV.

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Source:: BuzzFeed – Health