Confused about when to get tested?

With so many messages telling you to get tested for STDs, it can be confusing to know exactly when you should get checked out, especially if you don’t have any symptoms.

If you are sexually active, the general rule of thumb is that you should get an STD test every year. This is for everyone, even if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend! You should also get tested if:

  • You have unprotected sex
  • You have sex with someone new
  • Your partner has sex with someone new
  • You have any itching, bumps, or rashes on your genital area.

You can get your STD test for free or for a very small fee. Find a clinic near you for your next STD test!

You can also take this quiz to see if you should get tested. When it doubt, get checked out!

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This blog was reposted from, a project of Essential Access Health. is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.  

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