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Apr 17
STI Awareness Month: Get tested!

Get tested. It's the only way to know for sure if you have an STI.

Many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't cause any symptoms. If you're having sex, getting tested is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health, and it's the only way to know for sure if you're infected.

Yearly STI testing is recommended for:

  • All sexually active men and women under the age of 25
  • People who have had unprotected sex​

More frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months) is recommended for people at high risk. These include:

  • People with multiple partners
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)

You should also get tested:

  • When you are pregnant
  • 3 months after treatment for a sexually transmitted infection
  • Every time you have a new partner if you are unsure of the partner's status

If you're not comfortable talking with your regular healthcare provider about STI testing, find a clinic near you that provides confidential and free or low-cost testing.

List of free and confidential STI testing clinics in Boston

For help finding a testing site near you, call the the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or visit

To learn more about STIs, visit


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