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How soon after I had sex can I get tested for STDs?

It depends. It can take 3 months for HIV to show up on a test, but it only takes a matter of days to a few weeks for STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis to show up.

Practicing safer sex lowers your chances of getting or spreading STDs. And if you’ve done anything that puts you at risk of infection, getting tested helps you stay healthy.

Not sure if it’s time for you to get tested? Take our quiz to find out. You can also visit your nearest Planned Parenthood health center to get tested for STDs.

Tags: STDs, getting tested