STD testing can decrease the spread of STDs tremendously. It is important to have an honest and open talk with your medical professional and ask whether you should be tested for STDs, your healthcare provider can offer you the best care if you discuss your sexual history openly. Below is a brief overview of STD testing recommendations.

doctor and patientAll adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.

Annual gonorrhea screening for all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.

chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.

doctor and patientScreening at least once a year forsyphilis and chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually activebisexual and gay, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (i.e., at 3-to-6 month intervals).

Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months recommended).