Who Needs an STD Test and How Often?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most commonly contracted diseases around, with more than 20 million new cases diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, because most STDs don’t show signs or symptoms, for every new case, there are likely several more left undiagnosed. 

Expert OBGYN Mark P. Schumacher, MD, offers STD testing as a standard service to his patients at his practice in Reno, Nevada. If you’re sexually active, consider getting tested. A simple screening can catch an infection early and allow Dr. Schumacher to efficiently treat it.

Who should get tested for STDs?

If you’ve ever had sex, you’re in the category of people who should get an STD test. In an ideal world, everyone would get screened annually or every time they have sex with a new partner. In general, the following scenarios warrant STD testing: 

On the flip side, here are the scenarios wherein you may not need STD testing: 

Which STDs should I get tested for and how often?

The exact screenings you need will depend on your age, sexual history, and symptoms, if any. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the following STD screening recommendations:

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Everyone from ages 13-64 should get tested at least once for HIV, regardless of sexual activity status. Pregnant women should get tested early in pregnancy, and all sexually active bisexual and gay men should get tested 2-4 times per year.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia

All sexually active women under age 25 should be tested for these two STDs annually. Women age 25 and older who have risk factors for STDs ― such as having a new partner ― should get screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia annually. All sexually active gay and bisexual men should get tested for these two STDs up to four times per year.

Syphilis and hepatitis

Pregnant women should get tested for syphilis and hepatitis B early in pregnancy. Gay and bisexual men should get screened at least twice a year.

If you need to get screened for STDs, book an appointment over the phone with Mark P. Schumacher, MD, today.

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