Testing for STIs is usually done at a healthcare provider’s office or clinic, and may involve a physical exam, as well as answering questions about sexual history and any symptoms that may be present. In some cases, self-testing kits may also be available for certain STIs, such as HIV and chlamydia.
Overall, STI testing involves the collection of samples, such as blood, urine, or swabs, to check for the presence of an STI. The type of test and sample required can vary depending on the specific STI being tested for. Some tests are more accurate when done at certain times, so it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider about the best time to get tested.