Many people think only those who participate in the riskiest sexual behaviors need STD testing, but in fact, the U.S. Department of Health says all sexually-active men and women should be tested for STDs at least once each year. People who have unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, or engage in other risky behaviors should be tested every three to six months.
Regular testing helps ensure diseases are caught as early as possible so they can be promptly treated. Testing on a regular basis also helps to prevent transmitting the disease to another person. Women who are pregnant should also be tested for STDs, which could have an impact on their health or the health of the baby either while it’s in the uterus or during the birth process.