Going to a sexual health clinic can be an intimidating experience, especially if you're worried about the results. But it's important to remember that sexual health screenings are an essential part of self-care. To help you feel more prepared, here's what you need to know about the questions you can expect and the questions you should ask. Dr.
Rashid Bani, general practitioner and medical director of Your Sexual Health, told Cosmopolitan UK that a sexual health exam involves more than just a quick sample. He explains that tests should be performed after possible exposure, as vaccines are currently only available for hepatitis B and even then, they don't provide 100% protection. Herpes is one of the most common STIs; according to a study by the World Health Organization, 67% of people in the world have the HSV-1 strain of the herpes simplex virus, which refers to oral herpes infections, but also to genital infections. When you go to a sexual health clinic, your doctor will ask you a series of questions about your sexual history and any symptoms you may have. They may also ask about any medications or supplements you're taking. Be sure to answer honestly and openly so that your doctor can provide the best care possible. You should also be prepared to ask your doctor questions about your own sexual health.
Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- What tests do I need?
- What are the risks associated with my current sexual activities?
- What can I do to reduce my risk of contracting an STI?
- Are there any treatments available for my condition?
- Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to improve my sexual health?