Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing and Treatment
If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested. Have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history with your doctor and ask whether you should get tested for STDs. There are also clinics that provide free or low-cost testing. Your tests results are confidential. Find a testing site near you https://gettested.cdc.gov/. For local health department hours of operation, contact information, and locations of confidential testing sites go to the list of local health departments.
Have a question? Contact a trained Hotline counselor at 1-800-533-4148 or email@example.com.
Who should get tested? You should get tested once a year if you are having sex and:
- Are a man who has sex with men.
- Are a woman under 25 years old
- Are a woman older than 25 years with new or multiple sex partners
- You should get tested at least once a year if you share injection drug equipment.
- Everyone age 13 to 64 should get tested for HIV at least once.
- Sexually active men who have sex with men with multiple or anonymous partners should get tested every 3-6 months.
- Anyone with a sex partner diagnosed with an STD.