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Let’s Talk about HIV & STI Testing

I’m Dr. David. I’m not embarrassed to talk about HIV and STIs and neither should you.

When you go into a doctor’s office, and especially when it concerns sexual health, you want to get an HIV test in whatever form that comes in, whether it’s a blood draw, whether it’s a rapid test, through an oral swab or a finger stick, you can do that.

And particularly if you are a sexual minority man or a man who has sex with other men, you’re looking at gonorrhea, chlamydia as well.

A lot of people do not know that you can get gonorrhea in your throat, you can get gonorrhea in your rectum, you can get chlamydia in your throat, you can get chlamydia in your rectum.

So, when you come in, you wanna make sure that you’re being swabbed in all three areas.

If you’re uncomfortable, you can also do the rectal swab yourself and the, and the clinician can step out of the room. Or, if you feel more comfortable having the provider do it, have the provider do it.

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