One comment on “Invisible Infections – Why it’s important to have a sexual health check up

  1. From my experience working at a clinic, quite a few guys are not willing to screen for STIs because they don’t want to have blood taken or think that they have to have a swab of their urethra. A blood sample is essential for testing for STIs like Hepatitis B & C and Syphilis. If you have concerns about giving a blood sample, talk to the person at the clinic. If you really don’t want to do it, you don’t have to. Although I’d strongly recommend testing for everything when you go to a clinic, it would be better to test for some STIs than none at all if you really don’t want to have blood taken and this stops you from attending a clinic. Also, the majority of clinics now use a urine sample to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea rather than a swab. If there are any symptoms however, then a swab will need to be taken to look for bacteria under a microscope. While it can be a little uncomfortable, it should never be painful.

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