Close to 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) occur every year in the United States, half of which are among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
If you are sexually active it’s important to be tested regularly, as STI’s can be an immediate threat on your well-being and have severe long-term reproductive health consequences such as infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
It’s known that men who have sex with men are often at a higher risk for STD’s. That being said, if you are a women who has sex with women it’s still important to be tested because it is still possible to spread infections through bodily fluids despite being less likely.
Remember to practice safe sex and that there’s nothing wrong or embarrassing about asking your partner about the last time they’ve been tested.