STD Testing: What To Expect At Your Visit To A Free Clinic

If you have never received an STD test at a free clinic before, don't worry. The staff, nurses, and doctors there are compassionate professionals who have seen and heard just about everything. The most important thing to remember is to be honest about everything they ask you, even if you find the subject matter embarrassing. The following is a guide to tell you what to expect at your visit.

If You Are Having Symptoms

The first thing they will ask is if you are currently experiencing symptoms. Even if you don't have any symptoms, it is always a good idea to get checked for STDs at least once a year if you are not in a monogamous relationship. You should also let the doctor know if you suspect that you have been exposed to a specific STD or know that a sexual partner is experiencing symptoms.

Your Sex Life

You will be thoroughly questioned about all of your sexual practices. They will want to know if you have sex with men, women, or both. They will also inquire about all forms of sex that you practice. They may ask you if you have ever had sex in exchange for money. It is crucial that you are completely honest with the nurse or doctor-- even if the type of activity that you have been engaging in is secret or illegal. They are not there to judge you or report you. They just need to know what tests to order or symptoms to be concerned about.

Your Drug and Alcohol Use

Once again, the staff is not there to get you in trouble. They just need to know if you may be at risk for certain diseases based on the type of activities that you have participated in with drugs and/or alcohol. Even if you took drugs only once or if it was many years ago, you should tell the nurse or doctor.

Your Birth Control Methods

Your doctor will want to know if you use condoms to protect against STDs. He/she will also want to know if you use birth control or if you would like any at that time. Free clinics can provide you with condoms, and/or birth control pills for free or for a very low cost, and may have other options available as well.

Visiting the clinic for free STD testing is just like going to a regular doctor's office. You can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.