Mar 28, 2019 09:37 PM EDT
Protecting yourself from the dangers of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) involves being tested on a regular basis. If you are sexually active, this means at least once a year. Testing at least once a year can keep you from experiencing the worst symptoms of diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia. It's even more critical to have had at least one HIV test in your lifetime if you are an adult who has ever been sexually active.