How frequently should I get tested?
The frequency in which you test for STIs can vary depending on medical history, sexual activity, and/or symptoms. In general, high-risk groups such as men who have sex with men (MSM), commercial sex workers, individuals with HIV, and individuals who have multiple sex partners benefit from more frequent screenings for STIs, approximately every 3-6 months. Additionally, the CDC recommends annual screenings for STIs in sexually active young women under the age of 25 due to the high rates of STIs seen in this group.
You can find more information about specific screening recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We always encourage speaking with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms or need further guidance about what testing frequency is right for you.