New year Physical

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    Dec 27, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    i want to go to the doctor and get a physical for the new year its been a while since ive had one and i was considering getting an STD screening ive been tested before but it was the ones at the AIDS foundation with the mouth swabs. but alot of really bad things have happened health wise to my family in 2009 and it worrys me so just to have a clear mind iw anted to get a blood STD test at the doctor, my only concern is that ive heard if your insurance see's that you get one they can change ur plan to be more expensive cuz ur a higher risk or some BS, is this true? and to the people that have gotten an STD screening how much do they usually cost? i would ask the doctors office but they just say "depends on ur insurance" thanks
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Fly to the UK and get it for free. Its confidential too so no insurance issues icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Have your STD test at an anonymous LGBT center. Usually they have time set aside monthly that they do this. A donation to the organization for their time/materials is appreciated.

    The normal phyiscal test is preventative medicines.

    I recently had a friend that was afraid of physicals. He went to the dr, and during the prostate test, they wanted to some followup exams. He had stage 2 prostate cancer. If not found, he could have died and left those around him that loved him with no cause. This is an extreme case, and each is different. Please do not deny your right to know what your body is telling you.
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    Waxon, it is true (but not common) that an insurance company will adjust your premium up after determining "you're engaging in high-risk activities" -- sometimes a positive STD screening can trigger this. However, many do not consider your testing positive for an STD reason to increase your premium.

    Here's the easiest fix: Google your local county health department, find an STD testing facility and test anonymously. You will be assigned a number the point at which your blood is drawn and will reference that number when you return for your result.

    Don't let not knowing your status or dumb insurance company behavior get between you and your good health. You are entitled to know your status and help protect yourself and others from the spread of STDs. Get your physical and set a baseline for your health in 2010 -- you'll thank yourself later.

    Be well!
    Jon
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    I think with all this Health Care reform talk people are freaking out.
    If you have insurance take advantage of (use)it . Its the right thing to do.
    I wish more people would just go for routine stuff and there would be less of the emergency cost.
    Take care of yourself
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    We do routine HIV antibody screening in our office every day. It takes a small tube of blood. We use the Unigold test but there are several other varieties. You get your answer in less than five minutes. If the patient is positive and doesn't want the result in his chart, it doesn't go in the chart.

    Ultimately, you should find a physician that is sensitive to your lifestyle choices and is willing to perform regular screenings while respecting your privacy. You shouldn't have to go to an anonymous testing site, although that is a logical option.
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    Dec 27, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Everyone should have the STI tests regularly unless they are (1) celibate or (2) involved for many years in a totally monogamous relationship. In the UK it is wonderfully free, as is any treatment you need (oh how terrible it is for health care to be paid for out of taxes, really so terrible icon_rolleyes.gif ), but even when you have to pay it´s a priority.
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    Dec 27, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    i go to the STD clinic every 6 months and get my HIV test and ive always been negative, but the whole thing about there being such a big window always stays in hte back of my mind, to me if i get it done at the doctors office its a 2 week window period and they have my blood so its surefire results.

    and also the place where i get my HIV tests done doesnt have any other test except for HIV and i wanted to get a physical exam done anyways cuz its been a while but iduno. its all a headache to me.