STI testing is something that everyone knows about, but very few people understand the real importance of it. STI testing is designed to help detect STI’s and treat them as soon as possible before they result in more severe health effects. We’re here to help ease your mind about how STI testing works when you need it, and how to go about getting it done.

How Does it Work?

STI testing is a quick and straightforward process that’s completely painless. Depending on what you’re being tested for you will either give a urine sample or have a genital swab taken by a nurse. If you’ve also engaged in oral or anal sex be sure to let them know so they can test every area that may be affected by an STI. After the test results come back, they will review them with you. If you test positive for an STI, you will learn about all of your available treatment options. Most STI’s can be treated and cured with a simple antibiotic.

When Should You Get Tested?

As a general rule, you should get STI testing every time you have a new sexual partner. If you only have one sexual partner, but you know that they have multiple, you should routinely get tested every three months. If you have unprotected sex, even if it isn’t with a new partner, be sure to get tested. Many people don’t show any symptoms of an STI, but if you notice any changes to your body, go get checked. Remember that a lack of symptoms does not mean you don’t have an STI.

Where Can I Get Tested?

STI testing is designed to be accessible to everyone. If you have a primary care provider, they will be able to order the STI test and direct you from there. If you don’t have a primary care provider, STI testing clinics are located in every state across the US. If you don’t have insurance or funds to pay for the testing, many clinics have financial assistance programs available to help you. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention puts a high priority on making STI testing accessible and affordable to all of those who may need it. Visiting a testing center is a confidential process. The staff working is there to help keep you healthy, not to judge you for your sexual history.