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How soon should I get tested after having sex with a new partner?

 

Every disease has a window period during which the presence of the infection may not be detected. While you may test negative in the early part of this period, it does not mean that you will not test positive at a later date. This is why frequent and regular STD testing is critical. Estimated window periods are as follows:

  • HIV – 3 to 12 weeks
  • Chlamydia- 2 days up to 4 weeks
  • Gonorrhea – 2 days up to 3 weeks

We recommend waiting at least a week after your last sexual encounter, then getting retested 3 months later. If you are concerned you have been exposed to an STD, head to an ER or urgent care where you can get immediate treatment.