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It’s possible to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and to feel fine—that’s because STIs do not always cause symptoms. Because of this, it’s important to get tested for STIs if you’re sexually active, even if you are feeling OK. However, not everyone needs testing. STI testing recommendations depend on your gender, age, and the gender of your sex partners.

Select from the drop-down options to learn about what STI tests are recommended for you and how often you should get tested. You can also find helpful sexual health resources just for you.

You should always see a healthcare provider if you have symptoms of, or were exposed to, an STI or HIV.

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Males age 26 and over who have sex with

We recommend that men who have sex with get tested for HIV and syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia every three months. When you see your healthcare provider, we recommend that you talk to them about your sexual practices. This will help them determine what tests you need. For instance if you are having receptive anal sex (aka bottoming), your butt should be swabbed to make sure you don’t have an infection in your rectum (butt).  If you have performed oral sex on a partner (that is, had someone else’s penis in your mouth), you should have a throat swab to make sure you don’t have an infection in your throat.

Testing recommendations depend on your situation, for instance if you or your partner use drugs (like methamphetamine or cocaine), if you're experiencing homelessness, have a history of incarceration, have a history of an STI, do sex work, or if you think your partner may be having other partners.

Helpful resources and information

Information about the STIs you can get from different types of sex. View now

STI testing and treatment options available at San Francisco City Clinic. View now

Tips for talking with your healthcare provider about sensitive sexual health topics. View now

How condoms can protect you from STIs, including HIV. View now

Vaccines that prevent some STIs and can help you stay healthy. View now

How PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection if you are HIV negative. View now

If you are living with HIV, staying in care and taking HIV medications will help you and your partners stay healthy. View now

Find HIV and STI testing sites near you at https://gettested.cdc.gov/ or https://aidsvu.org/services/#/

Tips for finding an LGBTQ friendly provider. View now

SF City Clinic offers a variety of LGBTQ health services  View now

Resources for gay and bisexual young men. View now

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