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How often should I get tested for an STD?

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Is there any recommendation on how often should I get tested for an STD? Does the same frequency apply to all STDs? Or, for some you need to test more often than for the others?



January 27th, 2023 at 11:29 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all sexually active individuals be tested for STDs at least once a year. However, certain populations may require more frequent testing.

For example, if you are a gay or bisexual man, the CDC recommends that you get tested at least every 3 to 6 months. If you have multiple sexual partners, have unprotected sex, or have a history of STDs, you should also get tested more frequently.

Additionally, if you are pregnant, it is important to get tested for STDs as soon as possible, as some STDs can cause serious health problems for the mother and baby if left untreated.

It's also important to note that not all STDs are tested for during routine check-ups, so it's important to specifically request testing for STDs.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice. These recommendations are general guidelines and may vary depending on an individual's sexual history and lifestyle. Regular testing and early detection are crucial for preventing the spread of STDs and ensuring prompt treatment.

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