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Is There Any Advantage To Going Private?

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Just as the title says, is there any advantage to paying to go privately as opposed to the local NHS GUM for regular checkups?

I understand they may test for some extra STD's but is that really necessary?

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I you go privately, there is a nice nurse to help you with the sperm sample. If you go on the NHS, it is strictly DIY behind a grubby curtain, after a 4 hour wait in a room full of sick people, coughing and spluttering unmentionable germs from tropical diseases they caught while on holiday.

You get a much better class of patients at private clinics, but the STD's they have are still the same.

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... but the STD's they have are still the same.

No, no, no... its an STI if you go private. After all an infection sounds much more transient than a dirty, lingering disease. The penicillin is sugar coated too.

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Just as the title says, is there any advantage to paying to go privately as opposed to the local NHS GUM for regular checkups?

I've never heard of a private "Special Clinic", so I think that you just go to a private GP, or to "SameDayDoctor".

I think that the one advantage, which might matter to some people, of going private, is that you can have a FFI (free from infection) certificate, which isn't available on the NHS.

The NHS' advantage, huge advantage, in a busy city hospital is that the staff are very experienced specialists who do nothing else than venereal deseases, so develop some variety of expertise. The NHS is, of course, free, whereas a "private check up" will cost a minimum of £100, and more for each test.

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I you go privately, there is a nice nurse to help you with the sperm sample. If you go on the NHS, it is strictly DIY behind a grubby curtain, after a 4 hour wait in a room full of sick people, coughing and spluttering unmentionable germs from tropical diseases they caught while on holiday.

You get a much better class of patients at private clinics, but the STD's they have are still the same.

Since when did a visit to the GUM involve a sperm sample?

I would consider going privately for convenience - since GUM services are limited around here. With the nearest private facility many miles away, the travelling would negate the lack of flexibility with appointments. So far I've had no complaints and I would guess that visiting any health clinic, private or otherwise involves contact with other people. By the way I've never met anyone suffering from a tropical disease in the waiting room. By the way I also have no problem getting the full spectrum of tests, I've also had the hep B vaccination series too.

The only difference is the certificate, and that is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard.

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Just as the title says, is there any advantage to paying to go privately as opposed to the local NHS GUM for regular checkups?

I understand they may test for some extra STD's but is that really necessary?

No. The NHS may well be lacking in some areas and indeed the GUM clinics are extremely under funded but, the service in GUM clinics is first class.

What most people fail to understand is that you are tested according to what information you give them. If you are a WG or a client, you MUST tell them. If you don't, you will not be given all tests.

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No. The NHS may well be lacking in some areas and indeed the GUM clinics are extremely under funded but, the service in GUM clinics is first class.

What most people fail to understand is that you are tested according to what information you give them. If you are a WG or a client, you MUST tell them. If you don't, you will not be given all tests.

Exactly, too many people don't express their needs with the NHS. Then afterwards they complain. Talking about the NHS a lot of chaps think that their annual 'check-up', or registration tests cover them for STDs. They only do if you ask for them, and then most GPs will probably send you to the GUM.

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I you go privately, there is a nice nurse to help you with the sperm sample. If you go on the NHS, it is strictly DIY behind a grubby curtain, after a 4 hour wait in a room full of sick people, coughing and spluttering unmentionable germs from tropical diseases they caught while on holiday.

You get a much better class of patients at private clinics, but the STD's they have are still the same.

My local GUM clinic is quite nice really, modern and clean. I went in a few weeks ago on one of the two days a week when they they have drop in sessions, in the waiting room there were two young women. I had to wait about 10 mimutes before I was seen by a very friendly and cleary non-judgemental nurse, (the NHS is very careful who it selects for positions in sexual health). She took my history of sexual encounters, asked if I wanted the full range of tests including HIV, then I laid on a bed while she did the japs eye scrap, (wince!!! but only for a second). The only sample I had to give was urine, like Strawberry I have never heard of any giving semen samples. I do know of one now retired escort who as part of her nurse role play used to take semen samples and check by taste before sending them for further analysis to her stomach, perhaps it was her or someone like her that Zzzoro saw?

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My local GUM clinic is quite nice really, modern and clean. I went in a few weeks ago on one of the two days a week when they they have drop in sessions, in the waiting room there were two young women. I had to wait about 10 mimutes before I was seen by a very friendly and cleary non-judgemental nurse, (the NHS is very careful who it selects for positions in sexual health). She took my history of sexual encounters, asked if I wanted the full range of tests including HIV, then I laid on a bed while she did the japs eye scrap, (wince!!! but only for a second). The only sample I had to give was urine, like Strawberry I have never heard of any giving semen samples. I do know of one now retired escort who as part of her nurse role play used to take semen samples and check by taste before sending them for further analysis to her stomach, perhaps it was her or someone like her that Zzzoro saw?

Mike

I think he was joking.

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Mike

I think he was joking.

So did I, that's why I posted what I did, the last bit about semen samples anyway:-)

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I have gone private and NHS.

Private was very expensive, and I did not feel the doc was an expert. NHS staff are experts - they do this stuff all day every day. Definitely go NHS if practical.

They should give a full range of tests whether or not you tell them you see wgs. We all know that one unprotected exposure puts you at risk of everything.

And aren't we always hearing on this board how wgs are much more health conscious than civilians, and therefore safer?

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I have gone private and NHS.

Private was very expensive, and I did not feel the doc was an expert. NHS staff are experts - they do this stuff all day every day. Definitely go NHS if practical.

They should give a full range of tests whether or not you tell them you see wgs. We all know that one unprotected exposure puts you at risk of everything.

And aren't we always hearing on this board how wgs are much more health conscious than civilians, and therefore safer?

In an ideal world, they would give full testing to all. In reality, they DO NOT and different clinics offer varying levels which is why I said, to be sure, you MUST tell them.

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