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Online STD Testing 101

February 28th, 2012 by The Sexual Health Team

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STD testing is now simple, affordable, and straightforward. Thanks to online STD testing like SexualHealth.com, people are now empowered when it comes to protecting their sexual health and, thankfully, the days of agonizing over unknown STD diagnoses are over.

If you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to online STD testing, consider the following guide:

WHO:

Anyone who has had unprotected sex (including oral and anal sex) should have an STD test, particularly if they have not been tested in a year or more. Additionally, the CDC has some guidelines that can help to clarify who should be tested, and some of them might surprise you.

For instance, every sexually active woman under the age of 25 should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and everyone from the age of 14-65 years old should be tested for HIV. And, just recently, the CDC announced that everyone born from 1945 and 1964 should be tested for hepatitis C.

WHEN:

If you are a serial monogamist who has only had one or two seldom unprotected encounters in your lifetime, go ahead and test as soon as possible. On the other hand, if you just recently had an unprotected encounter, wait three weeks and then get tested. If you test too soon, the exam might miss something. Then, go back and get tested three months later just to make sure nothing was missed on the first test.

And, if you are in a high risk group (i.e. you have unprotected sex often, you engage in high risk behavior like anal sex or sex without a condom), then you should get tested every 3-6 months to make sure you have a clean bill of health.

HOW:

All it takes is a simple blood draw and a urine sample often taking less than 10 minutes.

WHAT:

If you know you have been exposed to a particular STD, you might be tempted to only test for that one possibility. However, if you have been exposed to one STD, you might have been exposed to others, and some STDs break down the immune system and make you more susceptible to other infections. Play it safe and get tested for everything.

WHERE:

Visit SexualHealth.com to find an STD testing location near you.

WHY:

Because sex is important…and so is sexual health! Keep your body (and your partner’s body) healthy and STD-free by practicing safer sex, getting tested often, and making responsible sexual decisions.

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