Get tested regularly
Getting tested regularly is an important step you can take to protect your health and the health of your partners. Having an STD, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis, makes it easier to get HIV or to give it to others.
If you’re a sexually active man who has sex with men, it’s a good idea to get tested for STDs at least once a year. If you have more than one sex partner or have had casual sex with people you don’t know, getting a test at least every three to six months is recommended. If you have symptoms, you should see a doctor and get tested right away.
Your doctor can determine which tests are right for you, as well as recommend how often to get tested, so it’s important that you talk openly and honestly about your sexual history. Learn more about finding a doctor who can help you get the care that fits you.