My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 11 months. I got tested in august or september, and I was fine. I am my boyfriend's first and he is my second. I only had sex three other time with one other guy with a condom. Is it still necessary for me to get std testing every 6 months, if we have been together that long and nothing?
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What we recommend here at Scarleteen is that a couple gets screened once, waits 6 months and remains monogamous, and gets screened again, before considering themselves safe to go ahead without protection from STIs. (And that means your partner too, even if he hasn't had sex before- some STIs can be spread non-sexually too!)
After that, no, you don't need to continue to get tested unless there's some kind of risk.
Yeah, you heard (or read ! :) ) right, you both should get tested twice 6 months apart which means you both get tested, then wait 6 months, then both get tested again !
This is what's recommended given some STIs have longer window/incubation periods which means it requires more time between when a person get the STI and when the test can be expected to identify the infection.
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