How soon should I test for STDs after potential exposure?
As with all infections, STDs have various timeframes and incubation periods before they can be detected by a test in your system. That timeframe can differ from person to person as well as the test used to detect the infection. As a quick rule of thumb we suggest testing every 3-6 months if you are a sexually active adult. This timeframe is optimal for the early detection of STDs. Check out our quick guide below to learn more and find out when is the best time to take an STD test.
Please note, the timeframes shown below are based on averages for the infections listed. In the eventuality that you already got tested prior to the end of those timeframes, for your safety and the safety of others, consider retesting to confirm your status once the potential incubation timeframe has passed. Stay safe! Safe is sexy.
|When You Should Test||When Is Retesting Necessary|
|Chlamydia||1-5 days||Retest 2 weeks after treatment ends|
|Gonorrhea||2-6 days||Retest 2 weeks after treatment ends|
|Syphilis||3-6 weeks||Retest 2 weeks after treatment ends|
|Hepatitis A||2-7 weeks||Retesting is not necessary|
|Hepatitis B||3-6 weeks||Retesting is not necessary|
|Hepatitis C||8-9 weeks||Retest 3 months after a positive test to confirm result|
|Oral Herpes||4-6 weeks||Retesting is not necessary|
|Genital Herpes||4-6 weeks||Retesting is not necessary|
|HIV Antibody||1-3 months||Retesting is strongly recommended after a positive result|
|HIV RNA||9-11 days||Retesting is strongly recommended after a positive result|