Who Should Get Tested?
Test. Know. Treat
- those who are experiencing symptoms of STDs
- those who have no symptoms, but are sexually active
- those who have been receiving treatment for 2 weeks
It is important to get tested if:
- a new relationship has started
- both parties are deciding on eliminating condom use
- one or both parties have other partners outside of the relationship
- one or both parties have more than one sexual partner
- one of both parties have symptoms that suggest an STD infection.
People in long-term, mutually monogamous relationships who have previously tested themselves before entering a relationship may not require STD testing. However, if either partner has not undergone STI testing before, they might be carrying an undiagnosed STD without knowing.
The safest option is to always get tested.