Why and When Get Tested for STDs
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections or diseases caused by viruses or bacteria that are transferred from person to person, typically through sexual contact— usually vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex. Condoms and dental dams can help reduce your chances of being infected by up to 98%, but if you’re still concerned that you may have an STD, you can find peace of mind for you and your partner by getting tested.
If you are sexually active, it is in your best interest to get tested for STDs on a regular basis, typically every three to 12 months. While most STDs do have symptoms like abnormal discharge, vaginal odor, itching or irritation, pain during intercourse, or painful urination, it may be hard to visually tell if you are infected as some STDs do not have any physical symptoms.