I went to my GYN for my testing. They spent a LOT of time talking to me before they even did an exam to arm me with information/education.
They did an internal exam, swabs as well as the lab work-up.
I am sorry your dr was dismissive and not more compassionate. It is hard enough to go to that appointment without additional BS.
If you are not satisfied, please try another dr or a clinic who specializes.
They will do STD testing (for a fee). I don't have insurance so I go there for my yearly well-woman exam. They've always been very professional/ nice and it might be worth a shot if you're near one.
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My WS went to the county clinic about three weeks later. They saw her for a $3.00 sitting fee. She said the attending nurse was very compassionate but the whole thing was very humiliating. They did blood, urine and swabs. She went back a week later, paid another $3.00 sitting fee, and got a clean bill of health.
All that said, check to see what your policy DOES cover. Not saying dont get checked (because you need to) but make sure you are not caught aware.
It sounds like you might need to find a more compassionate doctor. I know how humiliating it can feel to relay the story to people, but in the end you will probably feel more at peace if you've been tested for everything.
My doctor did not do a vaginal exam and also told me that everything would should up through blood and urine. I found out that i had herpes but never and still haven't had an outbreak. If my doctor would have only done a vaginal then i would not have known.
My doctor told me that blood and urine is the only 100% way to know for certain. I hope this helps.
I've been tested twice in the past year. I would go to a clinic, its better than not knowing. Explain you need the test due to an unfaithful partner. All my staff were understanding and gentle.
Full panel testing includes:
Hepatitis A, B, C
I was clean of STD's but got numerous yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis from my fwh.
Please please get tested.
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I don't like how you got shrugged off, it wasn't professional and I think could have been kinder.
FWIW, nearly Exh wouldn't go and was horrified that I suggested such a thing.
The area we live in has a family planning center that I hear is very compassionate, maybe your area does, too. There are also walk in general medical clinics and women's counseling places.
It's such a personal thing to have to go and say, though.
I hope everything will be ok and I commend you for having it done.
The only thing that stays the same, is change. -M. Etheridge
Group A beta-hemolytic strep is tested in urine; it is usually not an issue unless you're pregnant, in which case it can pose huge risk to the newborn.
THAT IS NOT TRUE! SWABS ARE REQUIRED FOR WOMEN if you want a FULL STD PANEL.
The only way you can test for HPV is with a swab. So that all by itself tells you if you only got urine and blood as a female, you didn't get tested for everything. I won't go into other tests, because this is enough to know that if the swab is absent, something is already missing.
There is no official list of tests for a STD panel, thus if you just ask for a full panel, different docs will request different tests and tell you different things. A starter list, if you wanted everything, would include HIV, Syphilis, both Herpes (which you will likely have one strain because most people do), Chlamydia, Hepatitis a/b/c and Gonorrhea. In addition, if you are female, you should also consider HPV tests, any bacterial vaginosis tests, bacterial STDs (including ureaplasma, mycoplasma genitalium, trichomonas, gardnerella, mobiluncus mulieris, and mobiluncus curtisi), yeast tests (c. tropicalis, c. krusei, c. dubliniensus, c. glabrata, c. parapsilosis, c. albicans.) that are available to females.
I'm so sorry you had that experience. STD testing because of partner infidelity is already bad enough. I would highly recommend you go see a OB or go to a Planned Parenthood Clinic (or county clinic) and get all the tests they have as well as address any fears of any kind of infection you have symptoms for. (((Hugs)))
After Dday #3 (yes, I was a slow learner), I was tested again (was clean....thank God) and have chosen to be tested at my yearly exams since. My personal health and being here for my children is priceless to me.
Best of luck to you!
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