STI Testing

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    Dec 14, 2008 7:57 AM GMT
    I heard that it is recommended to get tested for HIV at least twice a year if you're sexually active, but how often should one go for STI testing?
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    Dec 14, 2008 1:50 PM GMT
    tryingtolive saidI heard that it is recommended to get tested for HIV at least twice a year if you're sexually active, but how often should one go for STI testing?


    Twice a year/every 6 months. With the exception of HIV, if you have contracted an STI, you will most likely present symptoms in the first two weeks. However, since there are numerous cases of people that have contracted an infection and have no symptoms, you should definitely get tested every 6 months.

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    Dec 14, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
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    Dec 14, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
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    True, but it doesn't really answer my question does it?
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    Dec 14, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    From the CDC's website...

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2006/specialpops.htm#specialpops4

    These tests should be performed at least annually for sexually active MSM, including men with or without established HIV infection:

    1. HIV serology, if HIV negative or not tested within the previous year;
    See Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing -September 2006

    2. syphilis serology;

    3. a test for urethral infection with N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis in men who have had insertive intercourse* during the preceding year;

    4. a test for rectal infection† with N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis in men who have had receptive anal intercourse* during the preceding year;

    5. a test for pharyngeal infection† with N. gonorrhoeae in men who have acknowledged participation in receptive oral intercourse* during the preceding year; testing for C. trachomatis pharyngeal infection is not recommended.

    More frequent STD screening (i.e., at 3–6 month intervals) is indicated for MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners, have sex in conjunction with illicit drug use, use methamphetamine, or whose sex partners participate in these activities.

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    Dec 14, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Up here in canada if you go 'anonymously' you could probably get tested every month for free. If you go to your actual family doctor (and I do) she has to wait 3 months before the ministry of health will pay for another test. Ergo >3 months she pays out of pocket...which she doesn't like to do.

    I get HIV tested every 4-6 months (depending on how sexually active I've been) and I get STI testing about once a every 6-8 months. Ultimately, if I had warts, herpes, ghonnorea, it would present and I would know. The one I'd mainly be concerned with is Chlamydia because it doesn't necessarily present. But ultimately, you should get tested AT LEAST once a year for everything, but 6 months is a better timeframe to do it.
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    Dec 15, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    BioMatty saidUp here in canada if you go 'anonymously' you could probably get tested every month for free. If you go to your actual family doctor (and I do) she has to wait 3 months before the ministry of health will pay for another test. Ergo >3 months she pays out of pocket...which she doesn't like to do.

    I get HIV tested every 4-6 months (depending on how sexually active I've been) and I get STI testing about once a every 6-8 months. Ultimately, if I had warts, herpes, ghonnorea, it would present and I would know. The one I'd mainly be concerned with is Chlamydia because it doesn't necessarily present. But ultimately, you should get tested AT LEAST once a year for everything, but 6 months is a better timeframe to do it.
    Thanks a lot BioMatty, I'll keep that in mind