When is the last time you were tested for STDs? If it’s been longer than a year, you’ve changed partners recently, or you have multiple partners, the answer is probably: too long ago.
How often should you get tested for STDs? Where can you get tested for STDs? Here are some answers to your questions.
Why you should get STD testing
STD testing is an important part of staying healthy. Not catching an STD in your system can have serious consequences. If left untreated, STDs can cause issues such as infertility, and it’s quite possible to have an STD without experiencing any symptoms. Getting tested regularly can help prevent any major sexual health complications, keeping you happy and healthy.
Who should get STD testing?
Anybody who is sexually active should be tested for STDs at least once a year. There are some groups of people who are considered high-risk and should consider being tested more often than once a year. People who may be considered high risk for STDs include anyone who:
- Is 25 and younger and sexually active
- Is pregnant
- Is a woman with multiple partners
- Has a new partner
- Is a men who has sex with other men
- Has HIV, since it makes you more susceptible to other STDs
- Has been forced to perform a sexual activity against their will
If you fall under any of these categories, its worth looking into getting tested.
Where to get tested for STDs
There are many options available for STD testing. If you’re comfortable with your general practitioner, they can perform STD tests. This is an easy way to make sure you are getting tested at least once a year.
If you don’t have a regular doctor or don't feel comfortable with them, you may choose to go to an STD clinic. STD clinics can be independent or a part of a larger organization (i.e. Planned Parenthood).
If you’d like an even more private experience, you can order an STD test online. Ordering a test online will allow you to go into a lab and get tested yourself or do a urine or swab test from the comfort of your own home. You then take the completed kit to a local laboratory, where it can be tested.
What’s included in an STD panel?
Each place you choose to get tested for STDs is likely to have a different standard panel that they test for.
Wherever you choose to get tested, you should ask what tests are included in a standard panel and which tests you need to ask for specifically. STD panels can include testing for anywhere from six to 14 STDs.
The Standard PlushCare STD panel
PlushCare offers a standard STD panel that includes testing for:
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea – a single urine test checks for both
- Herpes 1 & 2
- Hepatitis B & C
PlushCare also offers additional STD tests that aren’t part of the standard STD panel, including:
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea – blood test instead of a urine test
- Extragenital Testing
If you would like to order these tests, simply give them a call at 888-204-5706 or create a specialized lab order here.