Test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If you are sexually active this part of the visit is especially important. It is estimated half of all Americans will experience a sexual transmitted infection, or STI, at some point in their lives. It is a lot more common than most people think, and no one is immune.
All STI’s are different, so there are different examinations that your doctor will perform. Here are the methods that are used to test for STI’s:
- Physical Examination- Your physician will examine your genitals and/or anus to check for signs of infections, things like a rash, discharge, sore or warts.
- Blood sample – A small blood sample will be drawn. This will be dawn by either pricking the skin for drops of blood or actually drawing blood.
- Discharge, cell, tissue or saliva sample – A swab will be used to collect samples that will be viewed under a microscope.
- Urine Sample – You may need to urine into a cup in a private bathroom.