There’s only one way to confirm whether or not you are free of STDs — you must go to a physician and undergo a sexual health checkup. If you have only one person in which you have sexual encounters with, and this person only has encounters with you AND the both of you have been tested for STDs (with negative results), then you have nothing to worry about.
Sexual health checkups are nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, having one completed is one of the smartest moves you can make. Many STDs can be treated with few or no symptoms. So the sooner you identify that you have one and begin treatment, the less likely you will be to endure the aggravating, sometimes painful, symptoms.
Depending on where you go to get a sexual health checkup, you may or may not need an appointment. It’s best to call ahead to determine whether or not the doctor can see you on a walk-in basis. Once you arrive, you’ll need to sign in and speak with the receptionist. He or she will have you fill out paperwork, which will delve into your past and current sexual status. Do keep in mind that you will need to provide a urine specimen, so it’s best to avoid going to the bathroom for one to two hours before your checkup.
You may or may not have to wait very long in the waiting room before being called back. A nurse will most likely see you first, asking you a ton of questions. It’s imperative that you answer these questions honestly. One of the first questions asked is whether or not you believe you have an STD. If you do, then you’ll need to describe your symptoms.
After you have answered the long list of questions that the nurse has, she will tell you that she’s going to the get the doctor. She’ll probably ask you to take all of your clothes off and change into a hospital gown or robe. Then, either the doctor by him or herself, or along with the nurse, will come back in your room.
The doctor will examine the skin below your waist as well as carefully examine the outside of your genitals. Next, a speculum — a small instrument — will be inserted into your vagina, which allows the doctor to examine both the inside of your vagina and your cervix.
While the speculum is inserted, the doctor will take moisture samples. The samples will be viewed under a microscope by the doctor as well as sent to a lab for analysis. Furthermore, the doctor will stick a few of his or her fingers inside of your vagina to complete the internal examination. If you happen to have any anal symptoms, a rectal swab will be performed.
Once the examination is complete, the doctor will be able to tell you whether or not he or she believes you have an STD. Still yet, the diagnosis will not be final until your results come back from the lab, which can take anywhere from two to 14 days. If you were to test positive for an STD, treatment will be started.
You should have a sexual health checkup performed at least once a year, preferably more often if you have sex with multiple partners and/or don’t follow safe sex practices.