Do we as a nation get STD tested as often as we should?

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  • merovingian 27 Feb 2006 19:51:28 144 posts
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    I hope this thread doesn't offend anyone.

    I ask as in the last couple of days I've been experiencing some mild twinges in the little fella, up the urethra, and in the shower this morning I thought it looked a little bit red round there.

    Methinks I better get to a GP pretty sharpish and sort it out.

    Thing is, up until last year when a recent partner told me she had tested positive for chlamydia, I had never been STD tested in my (then) 29 years. Since then, however, I've found myself back at the ol' GUM clinic a couple of times for a follow-up and because my gf had a problem 'down there' so we got ourselves both tested again for everything (to no avail).


    So two questions:

    1) does anyone get themselves tested on a regular basis (even if only once a year) as a matter of course, or do we all keep our heads in the sand until it becomes evident that we need to go?

    2) do you have to go to a GUM for STD testing? Frankly it's easier for me to go to the local GP - is there any reason he can't poke around my pipes and swab for what he needs to swab for?



    Edited by merovingian at 19:53:12 27-02-2006
  • cubbymoore 27 Feb 2006 19:54:36 36,441 posts
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    I'm pretty certain I can't have aids.
  • Deleted user 27 February 2006 20:37:07
    I seem to remember reading something in the papers recently about Do It Yourself STD testing kits being trialled somewhere in the UK. That would suggest that you could probably go to your GP. I don't see why you couldn't - an infection is an infection, regardless of whether it's sexually transmitted or not, isn't it?


  • Fozzie_bear 27 Feb 2006 20:54:28 15,313 posts
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    Not been tested myself. But i insisted that my right hand went for one.

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  • merovingian 27 Feb 2006 20:59:36 144 posts
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    You don't have to incriminate yourself with details of every last cock-rotter you've ever had! ;)

    I'm simply curious - we go to the dentist and to the doctor on a preventative basis (generally), but do we go to check ourselves for STDs on a similar basis - ie, to make sure we haven't picked something up and not noticed yet - or only if we're sure we've already got something?
  • Fozzie_bear 27 Feb 2006 21:45:44 15,313 posts
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    Simply put - it's prob because you don't have to get yer knob out at the dentists or the opticians. Bit less personal.

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  • thefilthandthefury 27 Feb 2006 21:46:25 24,901 posts
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    Fozzie_bear wrote:
    Simply put - it's prob because you don't have to get yer knob out at the dentists or the opticians. Bit less personal.

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  • Deleted user 27 February 2006 21:58:02
    Fozzie_bear wrote:
    Simply put - it's prob because you don't have to get yer knob out at the dentists or the opticians. Bit less personal.
    I've never had a problem with it, myself. Frankly I'm more scared of the pain of a dental treatment (as those who read my root canal thread can testify) than I am of a medical professional looking over a part of my anatomy that is only considered private because of the media and society. It's a part of my body just as it is anything else. I've had it looked over by a doctor and a GUM person (are they doctors too?) as well, for similar reasons to merovinigan (ex-gf was suffering from an unidentifiable rash, got ourselves checked out, turned out to be a really bizarre and cureable allergic reaction), and I had no problem with it.

    Seriously, these people are trained to look at your penis, widger, old fella, dick, cock, whatever you want to call it. They couldn't care less. They see dozens a day, probably. It's only embarrassing if you let it. Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen... ;)

    Edited by Owen-B at 22:15:12 27-02-2006
  • Fozzie_bear 27 Feb 2006 22:34:09 15,313 posts
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    Owen-B wrote:

    Seriously, these people are trained to look at your penis, widger, old fella, dick, cock, whatever you want to call it. They couldn't care less. They see dozens a day, probably. It's only embarrassing if you let it. Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen... ;)

    Fair enough then.

    /loosens belt

    /books optician appointment

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  • Razz 27 Feb 2006 22:36:36 59,993 posts
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    I haven't got anything, but somehow I gave my girlfriend CID II :/

    We're lucky that her mate persuaded her to get a smear test or would have never known about it.

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  • Shinji 27 Feb 2006 22:49:18 5,903 posts
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    I tend to get checked out a few weeks after starting any new relationship. I went through a period in my late teens when I slept around a lot (before I got fat, basically - I've always maintained that I got fat because I stopped, rather than vice versa ;) ) and I was checked out once every eight weeks, like clockwork, at that time. Never managed to catch anything; frankly, I know not how I dodged that bullet.

    It's just ritual for me now, start seeing someone new, take twenty minutes down the clinic for a swab test. Better safe than sorry. Obviously it's best if the other half does it as well - it's not the most romantic conversation to have, I'll grant you, so it's always an interesting exercise in diplomacy. :)
  • Deleted user 27 February 2006 23:38:43
    Shinji - that's a very good habit to have!

    Mero - get thyself to the doc forthwith!

    Me - should probably go check myself out too. Wasn't a 20 minute session when we went to the GUM though. Had to attend a walk-in and wait for AAAAAAGES. Then when we went back for the follow-up (to be told we were utterly fine) we had an appointment and waited even longer!!!

    For all the alleged shrinking from the topic here, there seemed to be a LOT of people down the clinic...
  • Sorbicol 27 Feb 2006 23:57:44 591 posts
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    Dude.

    very candid post and very honest to. From what you describe thought it sounds more like a Urinary Tract Infection, this is something a friend of mine went through about 6 months ago and your symptoms sound not unsimilar. However I'm not a medical person so getting checked out definately sounds the way forward to me!

    Don't worry about the privates thing, I had to go to my Doc last year as I had a lump somewhere you really don't want a lump if you are a fella :o) The relief of her telling me it was just a cyst more than made up for any potenial embarrassment I might have felt when I walked into her office.........

    In answer to your questions, I guess everyone makes their own choice depending on their lifestyle. Me, I'm in a steady relationship, we're always careful when, erm, the bedsprings are squeaking (me not her - she takes medication that doesn't mix well with the pill) and niether of us as had a particularly profilic sex life in the past so I don't really see the need to go and get myself checked out. If I did she'd probably be mortally offended so I don't worry about - I guess I've just weighed up the probability and thought it so unlikely it's not worth going to get checked out.
  • merovingian 28 Feb 2006 00:17:50 144 posts
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    Dude.

    very candid post and very honest to...

    ...I guess I've just weighed up the probability and thought it so unlikely it's not worth going to get checked out.
    Hey, thanks, I figure it's not something to be shy about when we're all (to an extent) anonymous to each other, although it's maybe not something I'd discuss down the pub where any old earwigger can listen in and identify me a few weeks later, if you know what I mean!

    As regards your final comments, I'd say that's what kept me from the clinic too, as my first 25 years consisted of only 4 or 5 partners, all of them fully protected. From 21-25 I was with a girlfriend who was clean (well, one assumes so, but then that's the point I'm coming to...) and we stopped using condoms by the end.

    Then I broke up with her and embarked on an unprotected (she was on the pill, we didn't use condoms) sexual relationship for six months with a (by her admission) very sexually active 19 year old, followed by a few other relationships and the occasional casual encounter, all of which were protected.

    The one time a condom split during that period but we continued regardless, lost in the moment, was the time that I think I caught chlamydia (as it was her that told me that she had it herself, a few weeks after our last 'date', after she had a test). Of course, it's possible that in fact it was I that had given it to her, and had been carrying it unawares for the previous 3 years from the 19 year old, but I really hope not.

    So my point here is... males tend not to show many, if any symptoms of STDs. Even if you're protected, if you've never had one before, I reckon it's worthwhile getting one anyway. You really do never know.

    Edited by merovingian at 00:19:38 28-02-2006
  • DaisyD 28 Feb 2006 00:18:53 11,818 posts
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    I can see your point. Most STDs and HIV tend to be silent diseases. The symptoms only appear in the latter stages.

    I've been once to a GUM clinic when I first started getting abdominal pains. My Doc sent me to rule it out as a cause. The staff were pleasent enough, but the queueing outside before the doors opened was humiliating. As it happens, I had nothing, as I suspected. Still, cos of my abdominal pains, subsequent surgery and continuing treatment, I regularly make visits to my Gynae. One thing I've learnt from it all is any embarassment fads pretty quickly.
  • merovingian 28 Feb 2006 00:23:00 144 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    ...the queueing outside before the doors opened was humiliating.
    Yeah, when that girl told me she had chlamydia (which she didn't even have to do as we hadn't been in touch for several weeks), I went down and queued outside some clinic in Central London in the pissing rain one morning with a whole bunch of other people. I had to smile inwardly to myself, and not worry too much. The sensationalist paranoid might build it up in his/her head that he's sharing pavement space huddled outside the doors with a bunch of AIDS victims, but the truth is much more likely to be that they're just here for the same personal unsensational reasons as you and would also much rather not be...

    Interesting cross-section of folk there, first thing, I can tell you! ;)
  • Shinji 28 Feb 2006 00:27:07 5,903 posts
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    I can see your point. Most STDs and HIV tend to be silent diseases. The symptoms only appear in the latter stages.

    Indeed. It's HIV that's the frightening one, really; there are some worrying statistics out there for the number of people who have that and don't even have the slightest inkling that there's anything wrong. Pill or no pill, and no matter how lovely, monogamous, etc your partner is, the protection should never come off until you've both had a test. All it takes is one stupid, drunken knee-trembler - and christ alone knows, most people have had a few of those - to turn you into a carrier for something that could ruin a lot of other people's lives before it ruins your own.
  • Deleted user 28 February 2006 00:31:09
    k.o.t.i wrote:
    Doesn't it affect life insurance and stuff if you're always trundling off to get you crabs nabbed and you herpes lanced?
    Yeah, I had that nagging thought when I was asked if I wanted my blood to be tested for HIV while I was in with my gf at the time having a perfunctory check-up.

    In the end I declined, and then I was asked to fill in an anonymous form about why I'd declined and I felt quite stupid and paranoid and wished I'd just had it done.

    Thing is, how can it affect life insurance etc if you get tested at a GUM clinic? Aren't the records kept quite seperate and reasonably anonymous from GP records? Anyway, how can having a checkup reflect on your life insurance. I ended up rationalising to myself that this must have been a rumour.
  • Shinji 28 Feb 2006 00:32:16 5,903 posts
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    You can actually just walk in off the street and be tested anonymously at some GUM clinics, which kinda negates any concerns over life insurance or what have you.
  • Deleted user 28 February 2006 00:35:30
    Shinji wrote:
    You can actually just walk in off the street and be tested anonymously at some GUM clinics, which kinda negates any concerns over life insurance or what have you.
    Yep that's what I thought.



    /rushes off to see what other complementary anonymous bloodtests he can have



    /realises the time



    /goes to bed instead (no more days off for me this week!)
  • DaisyD 28 Feb 2006 00:49:04 11,818 posts
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    It's only the HIV test that affects your life insurance, but like the others said, they can be done at most clinics anonymously.
  • Bunda 28 Feb 2006 01:12:36 5,241 posts
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    Is it possible to get a herpe inside your eyelid? Because I think I know someone who did.
  • MetalDog 28 Feb 2006 01:51:53 23,706 posts
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    Condoms for teh win, people - and if it makes it less sensitive, maybe you'll last longer ;)

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  • Bunda 28 Feb 2006 01:57:23 5,241 posts
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    Rumour that wrong size could make ol' Johnny snap off. Fake, obviously, but painful to think about.
  • merovingian 28 Feb 2006 08:11:30 144 posts
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    Furbs wrote:
    Yeah but not all of us can get a perfect fit.





    What if it falls off?
    Quite the opposite problem for me.


    Whaaat? I'm being serious here! Not only does it turn my cock into a squeezed-up skin balloon, it has the side effect of making the whole affair a sensationless experience and I end up lasting for ages and ages with nothing going on, or going quite limp out of lack of pleasure, or a combination of both.

    End result: rubbish sex.

    But don't use one, and get some horrible rotting disease. :(
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,698 posts
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    Yeah but not all of us can get a perfect fit.





    What if it falls off?
  • Lamb 21 Aug 2012 19:16:25 467 posts
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    This sucks she was my favorite actress around two to three years ago! :(

    Porn star Aletta Ocean says she caught the disease in Hungary

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2191294/Adult-film-industry-shut-porn-stars-test-positive-syphilis.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
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