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It's been more six months since my first STI test, so I was thinking about getting another one. However, I didn't have them all at the same time, so I'm unsure when I should get my next test.

I had an HIV test Feb. 14.

I had chlamydia and gonorrhea tests Apr. 17 when I got my birth control prescription at college.

I had an HIV, syphilis, and two of the hepatitises test July 6 when I got my birth control prescription in my hometown.

I tested negative for all of them and I don't currently have any symptoms.

I've been with the same partner since about a month before my first test (and no one else for over two months before that) who I trust not to have sexual contact with anyone else (without asking me first), so I'm not sure if getting tested again is even necessary at this point, but I just thought I'd check!

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Getting tested for HIV again at this point is likely unnecessary (although you can always double check with a healthcare provider about that). As for the rest, I'd say since you're currently monogamous, waiting until it's been six months since your most recent round of tests to get tested for everything again is just fine. (Obviously, if you change partners before then, that timing wouldn't apply anymore.) After that, as long as you aren't changing partners/adding new partners, once a year is a good rule of thumb for testing.

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