Which STD Tests Should I Get In Singapore?

STD screening can be a confusing topic for many. For anyone who is sexually active, getting tested for STDs should be part of your regular health screening to protect yourself.

People often only get tested when they show symptoms, or if they have had recent new sexual partners whose health or infection status they are unsure about. However, individuals who are asymptomatic and with no specific sexual exposures of concern should still undergo routine STD screening.

Here are some of the screening recommendations suggested by the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

WhoRecommended testing Recommended interval
All adults between ages 13-64HIV screeningAt least once in lifetime
All sexually active women under 25Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testingAnnual
All sexually active women 25 and aboveChlamydia and Gonorrhea testingIf you have had new partners

If you have had multiple partners

 

If your partner has had an STD

All pregnant womenSyphilis, Hepatitis B and HIV testing

 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing if you may be at risk of these

Early in pregnancy and repeated as required
All sexually active MSM (men who have sexual intercourse with men)Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis testing

 

At least annually

 

More frequent testing (e..g 3-6 monthly intervals) is recommended for individuals with multiple partners or partners whose infection status’ they are unsure of

HIV testing3 to 6 monthly
Anyone who has had unsafe/unprotected intercourseHIV testingAt least annually

 

The above general recommendations detail the minimum sexual health testing that one should undertake as part of one’s routine screening. The types of tests recommended ultimately depend on your individual situation and symptoms.

If you have any reason to believe or be concerned about exposure to any STDs, or if you are having symptoms suggestive of an STD, a more thorough screen may be warranted. If you wish to find out more about STD screening, you can have an open conversation with your doctor about your sexual history and any possible concerns or symptoms you may have. Your doctor will then be able to best advise you on what relevant screening you can undergo.

 

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