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FIND FREE, FAST, AND CONFIDENTIAL
TESTING NEAR YOU

Half of the people reading this will get an STD by age 25

Only YES means YES. When or with whom—it’s up to us. And for those of us who are sexually active, 1 in 2 will get an STD by the time we’re 25. Statistically, that’s you or one of your friends. It’s more common than you’d think.

Getting an STD can happen to anyone. It’s normal. So why are we still uncomfortable talking about it? Especially when you can do something—like getting tested and treated.

Yes or no, sex is our choice. But, the facts are clear. YES to sex? #YESmeansTEST

Testing for STDs is NBD

YES, testing is easier than you’d think. And because many STDs don’t have symptoms, it’s the only way to know for sure.

QUICK & PAINLESS

It’s usually just a quick swab or pee in a cup.

FREE OR CHEAP

Most insurance covers STD testing. There are also lots of free clinics—just check our locator.

CONFIDENTIAL

If you want to keep it to yourself, you can. No one needs to know.

THERE’S NO WAY TO FAIL

Testing positive for an STD is just the first step toward treating it. And with common STDs, like chlamydia or gonorrhea, antibiotics can usually do the job.

BETTER NOW THAN LATER

The real problem is when STDs go undiagnosed. Take chlamydia—it can lead to a serious condition called pelvic inflammatory disease that can cause infertility when left untreated.

Condom

Why Get Tested?

You can pick one up no matter how you’re hooking up. Yup, vaginal, oral or anal sex — even genital skin-to-skin contact can spread STDs. Getting tested is a part of staying healthy. Saying #YESmeansTEST gives you the power to change these stats.

Americans get around
20 million STDs every year…

…and young people make up 1/2 those cases.

Still, fewer than 12% of young people said they were tested for STDs in the past year!

Trending STDs

Chlamydia
(aka the Silent STD)

The most commonly reported STD in the U.S., with 15–24-year-olds making up almost 2/3 of all cases.

Gonorrhea
(aka the Clap)

Gonorrhea is on the rise. Cases have increased 75.2% since its historic low in 2009.

trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis
(aka Trich/Trick)

While you may have never heard of it, trich is more common than chlamydia and gonorrhea combined.

Men

Mycoplasma genitalium
(aka M. gen)

M. gen is on the rise, and the CDC has listed it as an emerging public health threat.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STDs, VISIT ASHA’S WEBSITE

Tips for the Test Talk

Many people assume STD screening is part of a regular check-up. While some clinicians may test for it, others may not unless you ask. So ask! And be honest about your sex life. Don’t worry, clinicians have heard it all before. Taking care of your sexual health is what matters.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

“I want to be screened for my own peace of mind. I’d like to be tested for…”

“I’m about to start having sex with someone new, and we’d both like to be tested first. I’d like to be tested for…”

“I’m worried I may have been exposed to something. I’d like to be tested for…”

BE SPECIFIC

  • Ask about specific STDs you want to get tested for. Some common ones are chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, trich and M. gen. Your clinician can help you understand what tests are right for you.
  • At a minimum, the CDC recommends that sexually active women under age 25 get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea every year.

GET RESULTS

  • Ask when you’ll receive your confidential results and share how you prefer to get them (phone, text, email, etc.).
  • Also take the time to talk about birth control options or vaccines your clinician might recommend.

Most clinicians will screen for
STDs, but if yours won’t, find a
different one or visit a clinic.
If you’re in college, most campus health centers should be able to test you too.

Say YES to TEST every year and with every new partner