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do you worry going for a STD check up?

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today, while finally having the courage to book an appointment about my phimosis problem, i thought i might as well go for a check up. it has been about a year since my last one and even though i have only seen 3 escorts in that time i still tend to worry a bit about catching something. got to go back in 2 weeks for the results.

do you worry at all about going for an STD check?

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do you worry at all about going for an STD check?

Irrespective of how safe I've been or how often I have it done - I'm always worried. That said I'm usually 99% that I'm fine but you just never know for sure until you get that final "clear" answer.

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Had mine this morning - I'll admit it used to feel like being on death row for the first few years I got checked out, but as time has gone by and more negative checks under the bridge it's not so stressful. Well, not until the night before the day I get the results back.

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well, today was certainly less worrying than a year ago(which was my first ever check up), and everything came back negative then. so considering i have only seen 3 escorts since then and only had protected intercourse with 1 girl in my private life in that time, i am less stressed than a year ago

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My first ever punt was at the height of the AIDS Dont die of Ignorance camapaign. I obsessed about it afterwards, made myself very ill, confessed to my mother and fiance what I'd done - which was to receive a Handjob!

I read a fantastic statement yesterday - you cant get an STD through guilt! The sort of way the media portray it made me feel for years that since I was being unfaithful somehow I must get an STD as punishment.

Needless to say, you dont. I used to be a blood donor as well and struggled with do I tell them I have seen a WG or not - when I knew in my mind that I had been totally safe.

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It's the swab I always worry about!

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what do people normally get done?

i get a urine sample, a swab of my mouth and a blood test

does that cover everything?

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do you worry at all about going for an STD check?

I don't worry about the possibility of an STD anymore. Oddly though, I really dislike answering the questions about my sex life at the GUM clinic appointment and hence detest my quarterly visits intensely.

I must admit that getting the "all clear - no need to contact us" text (for me it's only 4 days after the check-up) is still a nice feeling ;).

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I used to worry about getting them and was really embarrassed by being there but now its just like the normal thing to do. Its a must to be tested regularly and the most responsible thing to do and if your using your common sense and doing things safely then there isnt to much concern for worry.;)

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i still have quite a bruise from where they gave me the blood test. i cant remember getting a bruise last time. the lady who gave me it seemed quite new and not very experienced:(

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You will always have a tiny doubt in your mind even if you have been 100% safe.....it's the same when your period is late :D

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I got an HIV test the easy way a couple of months ago. Hardly had I come round from the anaesthetic after an operation than a distressed theatre nurse came blubbing up to my bed to tell me that not only she, but another colleague as well, had managed to prick themselves with my blood during the op, and please, please, please, could I reassure them that they had nothing to worry about. I gave them permission to check a blood sample for traces, which was done. So I got the all clear without any of the embarrassment.

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what do people normally get done?

i get a urine sample, a swab of my mouth and a blood test

does that cover everything?

It depends what you ask for. In my experience, if you ask for a full HIV and STD test, it involves a couple of blood tests, mouth swab and a couple of dreaded cock swabs.

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i still have quite a bruise from where they gave me the blood test. i cant remember getting a bruise last time. the lady who gave me it seemed quite new and not very experienced:(

You or they should press down hard, with a sterile tissue, on the vein when the needle is withdrawn, otherwise you bleed under the skin, which is what gives the bruise. No real harm, of course, just looks a mess.

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I pay private docs as well as going to WG speciality clinics.

I don't really worry, but it's a niggle always in the back of your mind.

First time at private doc, he was surprised when I asked for throat swab, he said 'Only gay men ask for that, usually?'

I said, ' I'm a prostitute.'

I got the full monty as asked for.

And I showed him my site, right there and then, on his pooter, haha.

(no, he hasn't...) :(

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I don't worry about the possibility of an STD anymore. Oddly though, I really dislike answering the questions about my sex life at the GUM clinic appointment and hence detest my quarterly visits intensely.

Why bother to tell them anything you find embarrasing? All they need to know is that you have had an exposure to risk, and when this was and any symptoms you have. Everything you can get can be got from one exposure to any person. All the details about the number of people and your relationship to them are irrelevant, as the tests are all that matter.

I once had a short moral lecture from a doctor in an STI clinic of a major London hospital. I was very low at the time and this did not help at all. He was certainly out of order, but the doctor-patient imbalance meant I did not challenge him. Ever since then I have just told them the fact and timing of an exposure and any symptoms.

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I don't worry about the possibility of an STD anymore. Oddly though, I really dislike answering the questions about my sex life at the GUM clinic appointment and hence detest my quarterly visits intensely.

Why bother to tell them anything you find embarrasing? All they need to know is that you have had an exposure to risk, and when this was and any symptoms you have. Everything you can get can be got from one exposure to any person. All the details about the number of people and your relationship to them are irrelevant, as the tests are all that matter.

I once had a short moral lecture from a doctor in an STI clinic of a major London hospital. I was very low at the time and this did not help at all. He was certainly out of order, but the doctor-patient imbalance meant I did not challenge him. Ever since then I have just told them the fact and timing of an exposure and any symptoms.

i thought it would be quite difficult and embarrassing telling them that i have visited escorts, but it wasnt really. the bloke just carried on writing down on his bit of paper like he hears it every day. it is not exactly telling your mum(perish the thought)

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Why bother to tell them anything you find embarrasing? All they need to know is that you have had an exposure to risk, and when this was and any symptoms you have. Everything you can get can be got from one exposure to any person. All the details about the number of people and your relationship to them are irrelevant, as the tests are all that matter.

I guess I was just brought up to be a good boy and tell the truth to figures of authority (doctors, policemen etc) :)

On a serious note though, I value my health and have found that keeping the doctors I see at the GUM clinic in the know very useful. I am glad I do. When I mentioned I had seen a few escorts at my first GUM visit about a year ago, the extremely nice (and very non-judgemental) young lady doctor suggested I have the Hepatitis innoculation as well as the usual tests. I gratefully accepted. She would never have suggested this if I hadn't volunteered the info. BTW, I am not embarrassed about the fact I see escorts, I am simply unused to talking about my sex life to lady doctors nearly half my age. I suspect I would be equally embarrassed to discuss a civilian encounter with them. My local GUM clinic does not seem to employ many male staff !

i thought it would be quite difficult and embarrassing telling them that i have visited escorts, but it wasnt really. the bloke just carried on writing down on his bit of paper like he hears it every day.

I agree that it wasn't difficult. Even now though (a seasoned quarterly visitor), I would prefer not to have to go through the rigor of the "how many sexual encounters since we saw you last?", "what activities did you do?" routine. Still, it ensure I get a thorough check :D

I expect they do hear it every day - and far more exciting than my vanilla adventures !

it is not exactly telling your mum(perish the thought)

I agree that would be a tad worse :(

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My problem is that although I do everything to manage the risk eg always use condoms etc, of catching a STD, I always think that I have something when I go for a test. I recently had to have a full blood works and HIV test for insurance reasons, I was convinced I had HIV until I got the results back from the clinic!

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got the all clear back today on everything, always a relief. :confused:

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