HIV & STD/STI Testing
The best way to prevent HIV and other STD/STIs from spreading is by getting tested regularly. Some symptoms may go undetected, leaving you and those you encounter at risk. If you’re worried that you may have HIV or an STD/STI, your first step is to get tested!
SHC recommends you get a full panel of HIV/STD/STI tests with your annual health exams. Suppose you have recently participated in any of the following behaviors. In that case, it is essential to preserve your health and well-being for you to schedule an appointment today to discuss your history and potential risk of infections.
- Have you had “unprotected” sex (sex without a condom or other latex barrier) — oral, vaginal, or anal?
- Have you had sex with someone who was an IV drug user or had HIV?
- Have you had a sexually transmitted disease or infection such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or hepatitis?
- Have you had an unplanned pregnancy, or are you pregnant now?
- Have you been sexually assaulted (raped, forced, or talked into having sex when you didn’t want to)?
- Have you passed out or forgotten what happened after drinking or getting high?
- Have you shared needles or other equipment to inject drugs or pierce the skin?
- Have you had recent home piercings or tattoos?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be at an increased risk of a sexually transmitted infection and should consider getting a first HIV/STD/STI test or repeat HIV/STD/STI testing.
Please use the additional resources below to educate yourself on the risks of becoming infected with or transmitting HIV and STD/STIs.
- Avert – Global information and education on HIV and AIDS for over 30 years
- Avert – Why get tested for HIV?
- The Body – HIV-related information, news, and education
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – STD/STI and Related Conditions
- CDC Screening Recommendations – STD screening recommendations by disease and population
- HIV.gov – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information
- I Wanna Know – STD/STI information for teens and young adults
- American Sexual Health Association – sexual health information