When To Get Tested For HIV & STDS
- When should I get tested for an STD?
We recommend you get tested today if you’ve had more than one partner in the last year and/or you’ve had unprotected sex. But if you’ve had sex with someone recently and are only concerned about STDs from that encounter, get tested in 3 weeks from that date and then again in 3 months.
- What is a "Testing Window"?
A testing window is the period of time between getting an STD and having it show up on a lab test. STDs generally take time to develop and testing windows are important in determining the best time to test.
- What happens if I get tested too soon?
If you get tested too soon after a recent exposure (less than 3 weeks), it's possible that the test may not pick up a new infection. This is why it's very important to get tested again in 3 months. Please call our Care Advisors if you have more questions about the timing of your tests at (877) 457-3082.
- What should I do if I know I've been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B?
If you know you've been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B in the last 72 hours, please go to an emergency room or urgent care clinic to get preventive treatment.
- How soon can I get tested for HIV?
Get tested today if you have:
- Never been tested for STDs
- More than one partner over the past year
- Engaged in unprotected sex
Get tested in 3 weeks and again 3 months after exposure if:
- Get tested regularly
- Practice safe sex
- Have one partner
- Want to rule out an HIV infection from a recent sexual encounter
- We offer two tests for HIV:
- The HIV Antibody Test is FDA-recommended and can detect HIV as early as 3 weeks after an exposure.
- The HIV Early Detection Test can detect HIV a week earlier than the Antibody Test.