Hi thanks for your questions. The incubation periods for different STI’s are given in a range of time from the date of first being able to detect the STI to covering the risk definitely e.g chlamydia has a 2 -6 week incubation period so testing might happen at the 2 week mark and then again at 6 weeks to cover it. You may find it useful to look at this chart that lists the various STI’s, symptoms and incubation periods. https://smartsexresource.com/sites/default/files/Smartsex_SUPERCHART_2014_v2.pdf The earliest HIV can be detected is at 2 weeks from risk. With the new generation of HIV tests, HIV testing at 3 months from the risk is considered to accurately cover the incubation time.
This answer was posted on February 24, 2018.