TESTING AFTER UNPROTECTED SEX
Bottoms can also get other STDs like rectal gonorrhea or rectal chlamydia where ejaculation is not necessary to spread infection.
We recommend that sexually active MSM with multiple partners get HIV tested and STD testing at all exposed anatomic sites (throat/anus) every 3 to 6 months. Be sure when getting STD tests of the throat or rectum that DNA or molecular tests are used. Those DNA/molecular tests are much more accurate than traditional culture tests. Both require a doctor to use a swab to collect a sample inside the back of the throat or inside the rectum. Major commercial laboratories like LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics now routinely offer those types of STD screening tests.
In addition, those with recent potential exposures to HIV should get an HIV test that includes HIV RNA screening. HIV RNA screening is another DNA/molecular test that is much more accurate than a traditional HIV antibody test and can identify infection as soon as 7 days after exposure.
It is always a good idea to get tested for HIV and other STDs before having unprotected sex. However, this isnít always realistic, so if you are nervous about your status, the best thing to do is come in for a test so you can know for sure. For more information on STD testing, visit http://SFCityClinic.org or http://STDTest.org (includes DNA/molecular testing and HIV RNA testing) for places in San Francisco or call the CDC National Hotline for services near you: 1-800-CDC-INFO.
For read more about HIV testing, see http://sfcityclinic.org/stdbasics/hivaids.asp.
To your health,
STD TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION ADVICE
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