You might be wondering if you need a test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You might be wondering if your partner needs one. Or you may simply be interested in learning more about STD testing. Whatever the reason, the more information you have, the better you can protect your sexual health.
If you think you may have been exposed to an infection, getting tested for STDs is a great way to protect your sexual health. It's also a great way to protect the health of your sex partners.
Which STD Tests Do I Need?
There is no single test for every sexually transmitted disease — tests are specific to each infection. And some infections can be found using different kinds of tests. You and your health care provider will decide what STD tests make the most sense for you.
Should I Get Tested for STDs?
If you've had sex with another person and did not use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other barrier, it's a good idea to talk to your health care provider about STD testing. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. It's also important to learn about ways you and your partner can protect yourselves in the future through safer sex.