Is routine STI testing necessary if I use condoms?
Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce but not eliminate the risk of STI transmission. However, STIs like syphilis and more can be transmitted by exposure to areas that are not covered or protected by a condom (e.g. infected skin or mucosal surfaces). For these reasons, STI testing is an important component of maintaining your sexual health if you are sexually active and have multiple sex partners.