STI testing is an important part of sexual health. Many students want to be tested for “everything,” but this is not practical or useful. A clinician can recommend the tests that are most appropriate for each individual. Chlamydia is so common that it is recommended all sexually active persons get tested annually. The CDC has recommended that all sexually active people get tested for HIV at least once, because so many infected people are unaware of their status. In addition to these recommendations, if you are sexually active you should talk with a clinician every 6-12 months about which tests would be appropriate for you.

STI testing is available at the Tang Center, as well as many other clinics located in Berkeley, San Francisco, and throughout the Bay Area.