HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated August 3, 2021
With so much attention on COVID-19, it can be easy to forget about infections like HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis. But if you’re sexually active, it’s still important to get tested regularly.
Sexual activity of any kind may increase your risk for getting or passing COVID-19, since it often involves close contact, heavy breathing, and contact with saliva. Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce your risk for getting COVID-19 during sex. If you’re not vaccinated, there are still ways to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 during sex.
Here’s what you should know about getting tested for HIV, STDs, and viral hepatitis during the pandemic.
If you’re planning on having sex, remember that nothing can completely protect you or your partner from getting HIV or STDs—including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Think you may have come in contact with HIV, an STD, or hepatitis C? Get tested.
You may experience longer wait times.
Many doctor’s offices and clinics are seeing an influx of patients catching up on their care, which may mean an increase in waiting times for you. But your patience will be rewarded: getting tested and treated is a vital part of staying healthy.
Ask about a virtual visit.
Many offices are now providing services by phone or video chat. The availability of telehealth services vary by location, so contact your doctor or clinic to learn more.
Need help paying for HIV, STD, or viral hepatitis testing?
These programs offer free or low-cost testing services in Massachusetts.