When sexually active, how often should one get tested for std's?

Depends. This depends on your age, sex, and personal medical history. Screening annually is sufficient for most patients, however previously infected patients should be re-tested in 3 months. Reference: up to date, accessed 7/13.

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How often do you need to get STD testing if you are sexually active? What counts as "sexually active"?

It varies a lot. "Sexually active" can mean anything from mutually monogamous with one uninfected partner to multiple casual sex partners (perhaps without condoms) every week. The first doesn't need STD testing at all, the second as often as once a month. Sex of partners is important -- higher risk for gay men than straight men and women. For most hetersexual singles, every 6-12 months probably is about right. Read more...

If I am sexually active, but safe, how often should I get tested for stds?

Early and Often. You should get tested (and your partner) before having sex with any new partner. Its also a good idea to get testing every 6-12 months with a doctors visit and exam as well. You may need more frequent care if you (or a partner) are more risky - ie unprotected sex, multiple partners, anal sex, IV drug use, etc... Read more...
Not usually. If you are truly safe and have no physical or functional symptoms, there should be no reason for you to need an std evaluation at any particular interval. Knowing your partner, limiting your number of partners, regular self exams and listening to your body, should be your guidelines. Read more...

I had sex recently with a guy and he thinks he may have a an STD from his ex! How likely is it that I might get one too? We have been sexually active.

It happens. Rule of thumb.When you have sex with anyone you have exposure to anyone he/she has ever been with. Some STD's give few or no symptoms.Sex with a condom is less likely to pass a STD but doesn't stop them all. If he thinks he was, get tested. Some will just make him uncomfortable for a while but they may make you sterile, forever. Read more...

I know staphylococcus is not a std, but can you get it through sex if I tested negative for it at obgyn test, and have already been sexually active.

Staph is not an STD. But if u come in contact with someone who has a staph infection anywhere on their skin and they touch you with that area, u can get staph from them, but like u said you can be tested for it so if u are neg u should not have it. Read more...

Can a female get std while not being sexually active for 19 years and having no such disease prior to that? Thanks

No. If you didn't have even a latent infection and have had no sexual activity at all you can't get a sexually transmitted disease. However, there are sexually transmissible diseases such as herpes or HIV which can also be transmitted in ways other than sexually which can still occur. Hope this answers your question. Read more...

Can you get an STD any other way than being sexually active? For example using a dirty bathroom or scratching yourself down there over top clothes

Nope, urban myth. Over the centuries, people have claimed to have caught STDs nonsexually -- toilet seats, shared towels, etc. But these are only face-saving excuses. A recent article in Marie Claire "warned" people about STDs from tanning beds, shared towels, etc. It's all BS; any exceptions are so rare they can and should be ignored. Avoid unprotected sex with new or unknown partners and otherwise don't worry. Read more...
Sexually transmitted. disease, by definition, is sexually transmitted. You can contract infections that can be spread by other means as well as by sexual contact. For example, you can get AIDS or hepatitis from sexual contact or from blood transfusions. You cannot get STD from dirty bathroom or scratching. Read more...