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get std tested
Testing for specific STDs
Here are some guidelines for STD testing for specific sexually transmitted diseases.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea
Get screened annually if:
You're a sexually active girl or woman under age 25
You're a woman older than 25 and at risk of STDs — for example, if you're having sex with a new
partner or multiple partners
You're a man who has sex with men
Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening is done either through a urine test or through a swab inside
the penis in men or from the cervix in women. The sample is then analyzed in a laboratory.
Screening is important, because if you don't have signs or symptoms, you can be unaware that
you have either infection.
HIV, syphilis and hepatitis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages HIV testing, at least once, as
a routine part of medical care if you're an adolescent or adult between the ages of 13 and 64. The
CDC advises yearly HIV testing if you are at high risk of infection.
Request testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you:
Test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia, which puts you at greater risk of other STDs
Have had more than one sexual partner since your last test
Use intravenous (IV) drugs
Are a man who has sex with men
Your doctor tests you for syphilis by taking either a blood sample or a swab from any genital sores
you might have. The sample is examined in a laboratory. A blood sample is taken to test for HIV
No good screening test exists for herpes, a viral infection that can be transmitted even when an
infected person doesn't have symptoms. Your doctor may take a tissue scraping or culture of
blisters or early ulcers, if you have them, for examination in a laboratory. But a negative test
doesn't rule out herpes as a cause for genital ulcerations.
A blood test also may help detect a herpes infection, but results aren't always conclusive. Some
blood tests can help differentiate between the two main types of the herpes virus. Type 1 is the
virus that more typically causes cold sores, although it can also cause genital sores. Type 2 is the
virus that more typically causes genital sores. Still, the results may not be totally clear, depending
on the sensitivity of the test and the stage of the infection. False-positive and false-negative
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