STD Testing Question?

  • comical44

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    Jul 17, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    My teenage brother wants to get tested today and ive been supporting him on getting tested. I told him I would get tested with him for moral support. Neither of us hav gotten tested.

    What goes on during a STD testing? What will they do to us?

    Please respond it will be appreciated

    Thank you
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 17, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    You are probed and poked in places depending on your response to their questions:
    When was the last time you had sex?
    Do you have anal sex?
    Do you use IV drugs?

    They will check our dick for dripping and your pubes for crabs and your skin for scabies.

    It doesn't hurt, it's no big deal, just do it.

    If it is a woman checking you then you might feel a little embarrassed, but don't be .. they see hundreds of dicks and asses a week, yours won't be the first.

    Sometimes they don't ask if you have anal sex, so you have to let them know you are gay and you bottom. And if you have oral sex you have to tell them that too if they don't ask. You might be embarrassed, but don't be, they have heard it all a thousand times before and they are not judgmental.

    If you use condoms you should have no worries.

    Stuff you might need to worry about are crabs, scabies, herpes ... there are no protections for these.
  • comical44

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    Jul 17, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Thanks, appreciate it.

    Im not too active to be honest. My little brother is more active than me lol.

    Ok so I thought you just pee in a cup and they do blood work...apparently they really get in there and look?

    Im a little nervous.

    How long does it take?
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    Jul 17, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Which test are you going for?
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    Jul 17, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Depends on the test you guys are getting. Some take longer. The poking part, eh, some testing centers will want to do an anal mucosal swab. It's like a Q-tip. Some will swab the urethra too, they don't go too deep, no worries. They take blood, do a physical exam of "pertinent" areas.

    It's really not bad, just be honest with them about what your history is.
  • comical44

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    Jul 17, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Thank you guys for all the information. really helps me out and allows me to help my brother and comfort him because he is nervous.

    So the STD and HIV tests are different right.

    Also if you "bottom" or "top" it will depend on what is done to you?

    To be upfront what will they do to my penis lol?

    Sorry this info really helps me out.

    Thank you guys
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    Jul 17, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    For the gonorrhea test they will actually stick a swab down your pee hole. It is uncomfortable but not unbearable. My tests usually took a week or so to get back. The HIV test was much easier tho. A swab in your mouth and results were back in 20 minutes.
  • _Bryan_

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    Jul 17, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    If staff at the clinic is competent with gay men's health they will also swab your rectum for bacterial cultures.

    If your bother has had recent high risk sex, find a testing center that performs NAAT/PCR HIV testing in addition to antibody testing. The window from exposure for a reliable positive test result is much smaller (7-10 days post exposure vs. 1-3 months).

    Like the other guys mentioned, there isn't anything particularly scary or embarrassing about the process. The staff in these clinics does this all day everyday.
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    This totally depends on the clinic and the doctor. Most of the swab tests have been eliminated in many clinics. They will instead draw blood and test urine. Most things that could be detected with a swab are quite detectable with the newer more sensitive tests. Regardless of what tests they do or don't perform, the benefits of knowing you're clean and being responsible for your health and for the lives of the people you might meet far outweigh any momentary discomfort. In general the whole darn thing is over in about 15 minutes, the testing procedures that is, test results may take a week or so to come back.
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    Actually the gonorrhea one is now done through blood work too. They will draw blood (unless your dr. office is light years behind) and then send you the results within a week.

    Just got mine done last week- clean bill of health!

    Good luck!!!!!
  • comical44

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    Jul 17, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    ugh the whole swabbing o your penis seems awkward and yes I agree anything is wrth the safety of yourself and others....I dont mind blood work and urine samples though...
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    That depends on what STD's they're testing for.
  • Boredasaurus

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    Jul 17, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    When I had mine done all they did was take a few vials of blood, they said blood work covered most STD's including HIV. I had the results back in about a week, it's really not a big deal man, everything should be fine. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Really depends on if you are going to a healthcare provider or a free-Clinic.
    I actually do HIV/STD Counseling/Testing. Most STD screening can be done w/out blood with the exception of Syphilis, Hepatitis and Herpes. With gonorrhea/chlamydia usually its done with a swab(throat/anus) and for Penis..is urine. (If someone is sticking a swab in your peen...lol well IDK) Results usually take two weeks for the aforementioned. As far as the HIV screenings usually GUM Swab/Finger Stick(blood) w/. 15/20mins depending on the test kit used. Another thing you may want to look into getting tested for is HPV. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYou are probed and poked in places depending on your response to their questions:
    When was the last time you had sex?
    Do you have anal sex?
    Do you use IV drugs?

    They will check our dick for dripping and your pubes for crabs and your skin for scabies.

    It doesn't hurt, it's no big deal, just do it.

    If it is a woman checking you then you might feel a little embarrassed, but don't be .. they see hundreds of dicks and asses a week, yours won't be the first.

    Sometimes they don't ask if you have anal sex, so you have to let them know you are gay and you bottom. And if you have oral sex you have to tell them that too if they don't ask. You might be embarrassed, but don't be, they have heard it all a thousand times before and they are not judgmental.

    If you use condoms you should have no worries.

    Stuff you might need to worry about are crabs, scabies, herpes ... there are no protections for these.


    Not judgmental? HAHAHAHA. You should try the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services. Most judgmental STD clinic female nurses in the world. My god. They specialize in guilt and scare tactics.

    They only swab your butt if you have anal sex as a bottom without condoms or have admitted to "dipping," ie it went in but you didn't fuck without condoms. The swab tests for rectal gonorrhea, NOT chlamydia. They cannot check for rectal chlamydia, so that's a major reason not to have unprotected anal sex even if a guy says he is disease free--clinics don't test for it--they only treat genital and oral chlamydia.

    I've never had a urethral swab--just the pee in the cup. You should only pee the inital part to barely go over 1cm of the cup and pee the rest into the toilet. The more you pee, the more it dilutes the bacteria and could make your test go bad--and most bacteria is in the intial part of the urethra rather than further into the bladder...unless it's the first time you've ever had an STD check and have advanced chlamydia/gonorrhea or something, which I'm sure you would have symptoms for by now (early chlamydia, no symptoms though, at least in my case when I had it).

    They will feel your balls and squeeze your urethra to see if juice cums out. You will also have to tell them all the sordid details of what body part went where how many times in the past few months. Blood is taken at the place I go to in order to check for syph and HIV, but your results aren't accurate if you have had unprotected sex within the past 6 weeks-3 months, so don't use it as a free pass to go have unprotected sex with other "negative" guys, because they could be positive and not show up positive on an HIV test for months, and men are sluts and will lie or just not know they have it and be overly confident in their status.

    Finally, to reiterate above, they have no way of detecting chlamydia in the rectum, so unless you are having symptoms or have been contacted by partners you had unprotected sex with, you could have rectal chlamydia if you have had unprotected anal sex and be walking around with it until you one day top and develop genital chlamydia or throat dick and get oral chlamydia. They only treat the latter two.
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    Jul 18, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
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    They only swab your butt if you have anal sex as a bottom without condoms or have admitted to "dipping," ie it went in but you didn't fuck without condoms. The swab tests for rectal gonorrhea, NOT chlamydia. They cannot check for rectal chlamydia, so that's a major reason not to have unprotected anal sex even if a guy says he is disease free--clinics don't test for it--they only treat genital and oral chlamydia.

    I've never had a urethral swab--just the pee in the cup. You should only pee the inital part to barely go over 1cm of the cup and pee the rest into the toilet. The more you pee, the more it dilutes the bacteria and could make your test go bad--and most bacteria is in the intial part of the urethra rather than further into the bladder...unless it's the first time you've ever had an STD check and have advanced chlamydia/gonorrhea or something, which I'm sure you would have symptoms for by now (early chlamydia, no symptoms though, at least in my case when I had it).

    They will feel your balls and squeeze your urethra to see if juice cums out. You will also have to tell them all the sordid details of what body part went where how many times in the past few months. Blood is taken at the place I go to in order to check for syph and HIV, but your results aren't accurate if you have had unprotected sex within the past 6 weeks-3 months, so don't use it as a free pass to go have unprotected sex with other "negative" guys, because they could be positive and not show up positive on an HIV test for months, and men are sluts and will lie or just not know they have it and be overly confident in their status.

    Finally, to reiterate above, they have no way of detecting chlamydia in the rectum, so unless you are having symptoms or have been contacted by partners you had unprotected sex with, you could have rectal chlamydia if you have had unprotected anal sex and be walking around with it until you one day top and develop genital chlamydia or throat dick and get oral chlamydia. They only treat the latter two.



    Actually there is a rectal swab for Chlamydia.
  • comical44

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    Jul 18, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    Wow really appreciate all the information. Makes me feel at ease. you guys know your stuff so thanks again everyone
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    unconventionalBlk said
    bluey2223 said



    Actually there is a rectal swab for Chlamydia.


    Oh is there? Please link. They do not do this at the Austin clinics, and I've been to a few--they only rectal swab for gonorrhea and urine for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Not that I'm at risk for it anymore and do not plan to take such a risks, but lots of guys do and that puts tops at risk for getting a lot of chlamydia if a bottom lets guys stick dicks up his butt without a condom.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    http://std.about.com/od/chlamydia/f/rectalchlamydia.htm

    Here is one link that talks about it, there are a couple searchable through Google. Just like the test for anal HPV both are swab test. Difference is the HPV is called an Anal Pap and its done with a swab with little bristles.