STD Testing FAQ

 Why should I get tested? 

 Wouldn’t I know if I or my partner had an STD? 

 Which STDs should I get tested for? 

 What’s involved in testing? 

 Where do I go to get tested? 

 Who will know? 

 How much will it cost? 

What happens next if I test positive for an STD?

Okay, so you have an STD. Breathe. Remember, all STDs are treatable and many are curable. There are different treatments for different STDs. For some STDs, there are several treatment options. Here are two examples:

- If you test positive for chlamydia, you will be given a prescription for an antibiotic that will cure this case of chlamydia. It is important that you follow the treatment recommended by your health care provider—completely. Always continue your medication until it is finished, even if your symptoms have gone away. You could still get chlamydia again, if exposed to someone who has it. So it’s important that your partner(s) also get tested and treated for chlamydia before resuming sexual activity.

- If you test positive for herpes, you can take medications to treat the symptoms. Medications are also available to help prevent future outbreaks and minimize their severity, as well as to lower the chances of passing the virus on to partners. About one in six adults have herpes in the U.S.—and they live normal, healthy lives. You’re not alone! You can also join support groups for people with herpes to help you cope and prevent transmission to others.

 How do I tell my partner that I have an STD?