What testing is recommended for . .?
Women younger than 25 years old CDC recommends yearly chlamydia and gonorrhea testing of all sexually active women younger than 25 years.
Women age 21 and older Pap tests, as a cervical cancer screening tool, are recommend for women beginning at age 21.
Men who have sex with men Men who have sex with men should talk to their healthcare providers about general STD/STI screening.
Everyone age 13 to 64 The CDC recommends at least one HIV test for everyone aged 13 to 64 who visits a doctor. Most HIV is transmitted by the 25% of infected people who do not realize they are infected.
If your doctor doesn't know how to test you for herpes, or is reluctant to test you , you might try visiting an STD clinic . Practitioners there are usually better informed about the latest developments in STD testing and treatment. If that is not an option, online testing may be. You just want to look for several things. First, the online test should be sending you to a reliable, national lab chain like Quest or Lab Corps. Second, they should be selling you a type specific test for both HSV-1 and HSV-2. Third, they should ideally be offering to connect you to counseling or care when you receive your results. The last is the hardest to find. It's not absolutely necessary, but it can be helpful. That's particularly true when dealing with diseases like herpes and HIV , where there is a lot of stigma.