SURVIVOR SERIES: GETTING TESTED
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE TESTING. Sounds scary. Actually, STD testing generally consists of a cotton swab, maybe a blood test. Still, asking your doctor to test you can be nerve-wracking. The thing is, it is very important for anyone who is sexually active to get tested for STDs. Here are a few tips to help you push your nerves aside and do what you have to do:
- Be straightforward- Health professionals are there to help you. But if you don’t just come right out and say what you need, they will not know how to help you. Also, specify which STDs you want to be tested for.
- Remember, doctors have seen it all- If you’re embarrassed, trust me when I say that your doctor has seen it before. Actually, he/she has probably seen worse. Basically, don’t think you’re the only college student asking for STD testing; you’re not.
- Bring a friend- Sometimes an uncomfortable situation can be made easier if you’re with a friend, or someone who you are comfortable with. They will probably have to wait in the waiting room for you, but just knowing he/she is there can be comforting.
- There’s no need for excuses- for your health, and for your peace of mind, you have a right to testing. Be proud that you are being proactive about your health!
Go to Mary Walker Health Center, or the Lifestyles Center, for more information on where to get tested, what a test is like, ANYTHING at all. We’re here for you!
Elana Ginsburg, Lifestyles Center Intern
Emily Klingbeil, Peer Educator