How often should I get tested?

If you are sexually active, we recommend you take an STI test once a year. Even if you have no symptoms or are in a long-term, monogamous relationship.

Some STIs have no symptoms so without getting tested you may not even realise you have one.

In some situations, you should test more regularly:

  • if you have multiple partners you should consider getting tested every 3 months

  • if you are starting a new relationship, it is good practice that both you and your new partner get tested

  • if you have noticed any STI symptoms such as discharge or rashes, you should get tested

  • if you had unprotected sex with someone who does not know their STI status or who has an STI, you should get tested.

For more information on when to test for specific STIs, read Infections take time to show in tests. Find out when to test.

Last updated at: 02 February 2024
Published on: 12 August 2022