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