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February 2016


5 Reasons Why You & Your Partner Should Get Tested Together


Most guys are pretty routine with their sexual health testing, but what happens to that routine when you’ve got a steady partner? Or a new partner? Instead of letting your testing behavior slump, why not consider Testing Together?

Here are four reasons you might want to consider Testing Together:

  1. QUICK, (MOSTLY) PAINLESS, & FREE – In about the time it would take the two of you to Netflix and Chill you and your partner can both get tested for HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Your HIV test results are ready in as little as 20 minutes, with results for other STD screenings available in as little as 3-5 business days. Also, did we mention the tests are free of charge?
  2. STATUS UPDATE –Are you in a new relationship or have you added a new sexual partner into your rotation? Congrats! But unless you’ve both been tested during the last 24 hours, or have been abstinent since your last checkup, it’s a good idea to suggest mutual HIV/STI testing when starting a brand new relationship. Here at The Project, we use the Determine HIV test, which not only detects Antibodies but also detects Antigens, which could mean earlier detection for you and your partners. With this technology, you could both know your HIV status in as little as three weeks from your last unprotected sexual encounter or possible exposure to HIV. This way you’ll both have your most up-to-date HIV status – even if neither of you have had the time to update your relationship status on Facebook.
  3. TESTING BRINGS PEOPLE CLOSER – No, really. Whether you’ve been together 2 weeks or 2 years, learning how to have those conversations about testing habits and sexual health with a partner can be difficult. When you come in to test together with bae (boyfriend, partner, or whatever you call each other – because you’re “not into labels”), we can help you breach the subject. Doing this sets a standard for communication that can last throughout your entire relationship.
  4. OTHER PEOPLE –Whether you’re newly monogamous, choose to have a more open arrangement or recently stepped out on your fella – it’s time to get tested. This goes for whether you went all the way with your new playmate(s) or not. The truth is most guys won’t experience the classic symptoms of an STI and sex isn’t the only way to be exposed to an STI. Bacterial STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be passed between partners through something as simple as oral sex. Other STIs like Syphilis don’t even require intercourse; heavy petting is all it takes. This all means that you might be putting others at risk, and when you think about it like that, testing just makes sense.
  5. BECAUSE YOU’RE BOTH WORTH IT The bottom line: Relationships are hard, and finding those individuals you want to keep in your life can be even harder. When you finally do find them, you want to protect them and you’d hope that they would want to protect you too. Getting tested is a quick and easy way to provide that protection and says a lot about where you stand. When you Test Together, what you’re actually saying is “I’m worth it, and I think you’re worth it too”.
Valentines day Testing Together



Sign up & complete “Testing Together” with your partner during the week leading up to Valentines Day (February 8th -12th).

CLICK HERE to learn more.