You might be wondering if you need a test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You might be wondering if your partnerneeds one. Or you may simply be interested in learning more about STD testing. Whatever the reason, the more information you have, the better you can protect your sexual health.
If you think you may have been exposed to an infection, getting tested for STDs is a great way to protect your sexual health. It’s also a great way to protect the health of your sex partners.
Should I Get Tested for STDs? If you have symptoms of an STD, it’s important to be tested. Some common symptoms of STDs include sores on the genitals, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching, and burning during urination.
But remember, many infections don’t cause any symptoms. Many people have sexually transmitted infections and never know it. Many people get or spread infections without ever having symptoms.
If you’ve ever had sex play with another person and did not use a condom, female condom, dental dam, or other barrier, it’s a good idea to talk to your health care provider about STD testing. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you (and your partner) needed treatment. It’s also important to learn about ways you and your partner can protect yourselves in the future through safer sex.
Want to learn more about where and how to get tested? Check out the Planned Parenthood website, fill out the CHECK, go to your local clinic or healthcare provider, or Find a Health Center near you.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was adapted from PlannedParenthood.org, a website that provides education about reproductive and sexual health.