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What to Expect at the Sexual Health Clinic
Check in with the receptionist at the Sexual Health Clinic, located on the 6th floor. If you are scheduled for a routine screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), you will have a standard 20-minute office visit. A medical assistant will call you from the waiting room, show you into an examination room, take your blood pressure, and ask a few basic questions about your visit. Then a clinician will see you and:
- Ask about your sexual history
- Ask about current symptoms
- Perform a brief physical exam to check for rashes, sores, etc., if needed
- For men, collect a urine specimen to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea
- For women, a urine specimen or self-collected vaginal swab is obtained. A vaginal exam is not usually needed for routine testing. A pelvic exam will be performed if you are having genital symptoms.
- Offer blood testing for HIV and/or syphilis when indicated
- Provide you with STI risk-reduction counseling
- Provide you with any needed treatment
- STI test results will usually be available two to three days after the appointment
- In all cases, your clinician will be available to address any questions or concerns. You will be contacted by telephone if test results indicate an infection is present. Routine normal results will be sent to you via MyUHS.