Skip to content

What about other STDs?

Dr. Leandro: I went in for an HIV test and my doctor said he was testing me for other STDs too. Is that normal? As a gay man, what should I be tested for and how often?

Dr. Demetre: You have some questions? We know HIV. Dr. David: I’m a doctor. I’m trained for this.

Dr. Leandro: We’re gonna give you what you need. So, sexually transmitted infections are important factors in both the transmission and acquisition of HIV. So, it’s important as a gay man to make sure not only that you’re HIV negative, and if you’re HIV positive making sure that you’re not also carrying any other sexually transmitted infections that can actually not only affect your health, but facilitate both the transmission of STDs and HIV. The most common STDs that we test for are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, herpes. For gonorrhea and chlamydia, it’s important to get tested both in your urethra, in your penis, in your throat, and in your rectum.

Dr. Leandro clears things up by sharing all of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) gay men should be tested for and why.


#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than HIV featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decision.

While we make every effort to keep the medical information on our website updated, we cannot guarantee that the information reflects the most up-to-date research. Also, please note the views expressed by individuals who appear in Greater Than HIV videos and other content are their own and are not made on behalf of any groups/organizations/associations.