Regular STD testing is an important part of maintaining health for sexually active people. Left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases and infections can lead to serious complications and permanent damage, including cancer and infertility.
The frequency and timing of testing varies depending on your lifestyle and sexual activity. You should come in for a test immediately if you start to experience symptoms of an STD or if your sexual partner starts showing symptoms. It’s also important to get tested after having unprotected sex with a new partner and if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy.