STD testing at a glance
Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are typically passed from person to person through sexual contact. There are approximately 14,000 people living with STIs in Singapore each year.
What are STIs?
I don't have symptoms, should I get tested?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are passed between partners during sexual activity. You can contract an STI through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has an STI.
Yes, many STDs produce no signs or symptoms (are asymptomatic). Even if you're not experiencing symptoms, you still can pass the infection to your sex partners. Hence, it's important to use protection, such as a condom, during sex and get tested regularly to know your status.
What happens if an STI is left untreated?
How frequently should I get tested?
While many STIs may remain asymptomatic, if left undetected and untreated, they can have serious long-term, and even life-threatening consequences. The sooner you're diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment. Testing is also important for the safety of you and your partners.
It is recommended that active adults get tested at least once a year, even when practicing safe sex regularly. If you are sexually active with multiple partners, have unprotected sex, or suspect a partner may have an STD due to visible symptoms, you might want to consider getting tested more regularly.