Ask For Advice
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: "Getting tested"

  1. #1
    mfan
    Platinum Member mfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    New York
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,777
    Gender
    Male
    Thanked
    103

    "Getting tested"

    I know, Google, etc, but I think I'll get good info by asking here. How exactly does one "get tested" for STD's? Is it done at your regular physician's office? Do you just say "Please test me for STD's" or do you have to specify particular diseases you want to be tested for or else they don't do them?

    Thanks very much.

  2. #2
    Fudgie
    Forum Supporter Fudgie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    15,096
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    2286
    Well, if you're a woman, typically you'll go to your gyno. Since you're a man though, you can just go to your primary care doctor. Some PCPs will do the test themselves, others may refer you to a urologist, but a good place to start is your primary care physician.

    However, not sure what your insurance is, could be costly. A STD clinic such as planned parenthood is also another option for you.

  3. #3
    j.man
    Platinum Member j.man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    7,114
    Thanked
    8440
    Yes, you make an appointment to be tested for STIs. If you're suspicious of any particular disease / infection, make it known. Some are tested by urine, others by blood. Some screen for the infection itself, others for antibodies. Some can be screened soon after exposure, others will have to wait. It'd be best to speak with a primary care physician with specific questions and details I'm sure you'd rather not be sharing on here.

  4. #4
    rosephase
    Platinum Member rosephase's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    3,124
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    854
    Standard STI tests for men are chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and Syphilis. We have no way of testing for HPV in men and herpes isn't part of regular screening unless you have symptoms. At some clinics you can get a blood test (a way to test without symptoms present) for herpes but you have to ask for it and often they will try to talk you out of it.

    I think Planned Parenthood is a great place to go for testing.

  5. #5
    Batya33
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    42,852
    Thanked
    2936
    When I did it I had my physician do it and told him I wanted to be tested for the full battery of STDs. Also, a dozen years ago my boyfriend and I tried the at home HIV tests. I hated ing my own finger although i know it's not such a big deal.

  6. Thanks j.man thanked for this post
  7. #6
    j.man
    Platinum Member j.man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    7,114
    Thanked
    8440
    Quote Originally Posted by Batya33 [Register to see the link]
    I hated ing my own finger although i know it's not such a big deal.
    I've had to get a lot of varieties of immunizations between the Army and contracting in Mexico. Even so, getting ed in the finger is still #2 on my most hated. Not #1 only because rabies vaccine suuuuuuuuucks.

  8. #7
    Batya33
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    42,852
    Thanked
    2936
    Quote Originally Posted by j.man [Register to see the link]
    I've had to get a lot of varieties of immunizations between the Army and contracting in Mexico. Even so, getting ed in the finger is still #2 on my most hated. Not #1 only because rabies vaccine suuuuuuuuucks.
    I didn't mind as much someone else doing it but doing it to myself proved wayy harder than I thought.

  9. #8
    Jeffbobo
    Gold Member Jeffbobo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Age
    48
    Posts
    655
    Gender
    Male
    Thanked
    377
    I did this recently. I didn't have any symptoms for anything going in, just wanted piece of mind. I setup an apointment with my physician and asked to be tested. In addition to physical testing; the traditional *cough* test and checking under the hood, I did (he recommended) the full range of tests. This consisted of taking several vials of blood and a urine sample. The results take about a week.

  10. #9
    Fudgie
    Forum Supporter Fudgie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    15,096
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    2286
    Quote Originally Posted by Batya33 [Register to see the link]
    When I did it I had my physician do it and told him I wanted to be tested for the full battery of STDs. Also, a dozen years ago my boyfriend and I tried the at home HIV tests. I hated ing my own finger although i know it's not such a big deal.
    I get stuck in my finger semi regularly for blood donation (they test your iron) and I haaaate it. It's worse than actually getting stuck for the blood donation. I hope for your sake and mine that we never get diabetes because the idea of ing my fingers for life makes me want to cry.

  11. #10
    mfan
    Platinum Member mfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    New York
    Age
    41
    Posts
    1,777
    Gender
    Male
    Thanked
    103
    Thanks very much everyone for your helpful responses. Since I haven't been sexually active, this is hypothetical now, but if I should start dating - I always hear "both of you should get tested" and I wasn't sure what that really means. Thanks.

  12.  

Top Threads
Stomach flu fears
I have a huge fear of stomach flu, if i am exposed or know someone has had it a have really bad anxiety and stress over it. Yesterday at 11am at my
CBT does it work?
Hi all, going back to psychotherapist tomorrow and we have agreed a course of therapy that will end in CBT. I feel it will benefit me to work
Doctor thinks I have mono
Hello all. I am a 21 year old female who just started school at a career college about 10 weeks ago. About 4 weeks ago, I woke up very run down and
Sex
So there was this rumor going around school that me and my boyfriend had sex in the olds one weekend when I went to his house. Well because of the
Ketogenic Diet
Hi all, so basically I am an active 32 year old male, I do weight training and enjoy 'gains' as much as the next guy. I've noticed in the last year
New roommate snores: what would you do?
In my dorms I was down in the basement, but I made friends with everyone on floor 2, and continually felt disconnected from everything that was

Expert Advice
Featured Threads
He Left My Clothes in His Yard to Pick Up
Here is a follow to my situation: After I spent four days with this guy I met online, I inadvertently left a few clothes at his place. Almost two
Does he really think I'm trolling him/can't trust me or is just an excuse?
Met a guy last summer. I broke it off with him 3 times in 6 dates, over concern about distance, but kept apologizing. The last break off he said he
My 8 year old won't go to sleep or stay asleep 😣😣
Feel like I am losing my mind. My 8 year old just won't go to bed.. or she at least won't stay in bed. She is still up now at 9.45pm (after being
HSP in LDR, about to move to be with him and get married
Im a Highly Sensitive Person. I get very overwhelmed very easily. If i dont sleep well, if theres too much noise, if there are too many
Am I being selfish or unreasonable?
Hi everyone, Sorry for my first post to be one of all doom and gloom, but I'm stuck and don't know what to do. I want to start by saying that I
Stomach flu fears
I have a huge fear of stomach flu, if i am exposed or know someone has had it a have really bad anxiety and stress over it. Yesterday at 11am at my
Boyfriend Likes Questionable Pictures on Instagram– Should I Be Worried?
Long story short, he's been liking some questionable pictures that this other woman (whom he knows irl) posts. In one of the pictures he liked, she's
Ask For Advice

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •