We encourage regular testing every 6-12 months for anyone with a sexual connection. This includes any sexual contact (not only penetrative). Getting regular testing and communicating results with any current, recent, and potential sexual partners helps to normalize and de-stigmatize the experience for everyone!
When should I get tested?
It may take up to three months after exposure to receive reliable test results.
- 2 weeks: gonorrhea and chlamydia
- 1 week to 3 months: syphilis
- 6 weeks to 3 months: HIV, hepatitis C and B
What are the most common STIs?
- Hepatitis A, B, C
- Herpes 1, 2
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
How do I get tested?
There are many options! Keep in mind that you may need to ask for specific tests, do not assume a full panel is included with every testing option. You should also ask if it is possible to receive a copy of your results.
STD Check http://www.stdcheck.com (this affiliate link provides $10 off testing and helps to support Poly Cleveland!)
STD Check provides a 10-Panel test which includes testing for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis A, B, C, Herpes 1, 2, HIV 1 & 2 Antibody, and Syphilis. There are also other additional testing options available. Testing is quick, private, and they offer easy to read and shareable results that outline all of the tests which were done.
Planned Parenthood provides services for: Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, HPV Vaccine (Gardasil, Gardasil 9, Cervarix), Hepatitis A Vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Herpes, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, STD Prevention Methods, STD Education, Safer Sex Education, as well as Other STD Services.
The cost for Planned Parenthood testing is income based so please call in advance for details.
Testing.com provides resources for STD education as well as at home and testing options categorized by City and State.
- Scarleteen is an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization and website.
- One of the biggest factors in having enjoyable and safe sex is using the right condom size. If a condom breaks, slips off, or if it is restricting your sensations during intercourse, you are likely using the wrong sized condom.
Multiamory Podcast : 351 – Safer Sex Part 1
An overview of common STIs, definitions, safe practices, resources, and tools for discussion with partners about STIs.