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.
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.
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!
(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. And because it rarely has symptoms, people often spread it before realizing they have it.
(aka the Clap)
Bad news: Cases of gonorrhea have increased 75.2% since its historic low in 2009. Good news: If caught early, it can usually be cured with a single dose of antibiotics, earning it a new nickname – ‘The Dose.’
Get ready to Say YES to TEST!
A happy and healthy sex life—with whomever, however you want—starts by saying #YESmeansTEST. Testing is easy and can be free, fast and confidential. Break the silence, spread the facts and find a clinic or have a chat with your clinician now.
For more information, visit the American Sexual Health Association.