STD testing is often something that people cannot find the answers to in their community. So many adults live in fear of STD screening, but it is important to remember that there are safe and effective tests out there that will not affect your privacy or your sex life.
The doctors at Dr Ben Medical want all of their patients to know how to prepare for an STD test so you can show up prepared and confident when you come in for your test results. We have put together this simple guide to make your preparation for an STD test appointment as comfortable as possible. Keep reading or find out more about the STD Test in Singapore here.
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How do you prepare for an STD Screening?
Preparing for an STD test in Singapore shouldn’t be a stressful experience. In truth, it should be a rewarding experience because of the peace of mind you get back.
There are really only a few things that you need to do before we can begin testing. Here are some helpful steps you can take before coming in:
- Be prepared to give the physician’s your active cell phone number. The physicians at your sexual health clinic will often need to call you with test results after an STD screening. In most cases, this is called for when you are having symptoms or if the tests do not come back negative. If you plan on changing your number soon, make sure you include it in your paperwork, so we know what number to use later.
- Do not drink before coming for STD testing. Your urine needs to be completely clear and free of toxins like alcohol when you show up for testing. You can eat normally before coming but refrain from drinking within twelve hours of a urine sample being taken because it may affect the accuracy of the test results.
- If you’ve had any complications, write a list of any and all symptoms you’ve been experiencing. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on with your body sometimes, so making a list beforehand can help you remember them when it comes time for STD testing. If you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms, be sure to let the doctor know as well.
- Talk to your family and friends before coming in. If you’re embarrassed about STD testing, it may be best not to tell anyone until we call you back with the results. However, the more support and encouragement you have from loved ones, the easier it will be to get through this process!
- If you have been on medications or any supplement, list all medications, vitamins, or supplements you’ve been taking. This can affect the results of your STD testing.
What Should I Expect at my First STD Test when I Arrive at the Clinic?
When you arrive for STD testing in Singapore, there will be three people who need to see you: The nurse, the physician or medical assistant, and also a lab technician.
Depending on what type of test you’re getting, one person may not be necessary, but all three will contribute towards making sure that everything is complete and accurate. Here’s how it generally works:
- The nurse is responsible for your general health (weight, blood pressure) and checking your temperature with a thermometer. They will ask about your history of sexual activity and what kind of protection you use which really helps with counseling and guidance Sometimes, the nurse may also be responsible for taking a urine sample or doing an STI swab.
- The physician is in charge of testing, deciding what STD tests should be done, explaining them to you, and answering any questions. They are often the one who calls with test results as well so they can provide reassurance if there are any questions about test results.
- Finally, the lab technician will do whatever tests need to be completed by laboratory means (i.e., blood work) and will also help prepare samples if they need to be sent elsewhere for analysis.
Is my Personal Information being used? Who has Access to it when I go for STD Screening?
First, you will need to sign a consent form. Once you sign a consent form, you can be assured that your private information will not be shared with anyone.
We need your correct contact information in case we have to get in touch with you about anything, but other than that, all of your information is confidential and will only be used by the doctors at the clinic. Also, we will not share information about your STD testing results with anyone who is not directly involved in your healthcare.
What Happens When I Take an STD Test?
When it comes time for your STD testing in Singapore to begin, the first thing we’ll do is make sure your paperwork matches what’s going on. If you’re missing any health history forms or testing that has been done elsewhere and needs to be reviewed, we may ask for more documents before beginning testing.
Once we’ve got everything together and verified this is indeed the best time for STD testing, we’ll ask you to fill a small cup with urine. During the time you’re waiting for results, we may need another sample from you as well if testing is going to take a little longer.
What Kinds of STD Tests Do I need?
STD testing in Singapore can vary depending on which tests are done and why they’re being run. There are two basic types of STD screening: those that require blood work and those that do not.
Some STDs can be tested through oral swabs/urine samples and blood samples, while some cannot at all unless there has been physical damage to the body tissue or pus has formed. If you had any kind of contact with the STD, your testing would likely be more extensive.
Most STDs can be tested through five different tests:
- Blood testing
- Urine testing
- Self-collection testing (penis swabs/vaginal swabs)
- Oral fluid collection
- A physical exam
If you are concerned about which tests to get for your STD screening, come in and talk to one of the doctors so they can recommend which test is appropriate for your needs. If you haven’t had any signs or symptoms yet but believe you may have acquired an STD recently, it’s important to get screened before moving forward with sexual activity to give yourself peace of mind that everything is okay down there.
Preparing for STD testing shouldn’t be complicated. If you’re facing any problems, be sure to inform your sexual health expert and they will be able to let you know the best way forward. Let us know if you have any issues and we’ll help you figure the best way out. Call: +65 8886 7890.
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