So around Valentine's day I got a pretty bad yeast infection (textbook symptoms). I treated it with monistat without going to the doctor- against all recommendations, but it was a VERY busy week for me and I was very confident that it was a yeast infection. The monistat cleared it up fine within a few days; however, similar (milder) symptoms came up while I was on Easter break. It cleared up on its own, but I really wanted to get an STD test just to be "sure," especially since I'd had a rather unfortunate experience with unprotected sex with someone that I didn't know. (TLDR: I got two yeast infections and wanted to get a full STD test to make sure it was nothing else because I'd had unprotected sex)
I had a free afternoon earlier this week and went to my campus health office to get a referral to the clinic (if you go through campus health there is no copay to go to the clinic and visit their physician). It's my regular clinic anyways, and I've been to this doctor before. I told the school nurse practitioner that I had a yeast infection that had mostly cleared up and that I just wanted to be sure that it wasn't anything else- I said this at least 2 or 3 times. I was pretty up front about there being a very real possibility of an infection.
So they get me a same-day appointment, I go in and have a pelvic exam (my first! ). Now what bothers me here is the amount of focus they put on the whole yeast infection thing. I mean, I said it had pretty much cleared up and that I was just there to rule out anything else. She wasn't even going to initially test me for chlamydia and gonorrhea unless the BV and yeast swabs came back clear- I requested she just do them at the same time. As expected, the BV/yeast test came back normal and I waited a day for the gonorrhea and chlamydia results. THANKFULLY, those also came back negative.
What I'm confused by is why they weren't more concerned that a 19 year old, sexually active (multiple partners) female might have an STD? I feel like I shouldn't have had to fight even THAT much just to be responsible. If I wasn't as up front/demanding/comfortable with my doctor as I am, I probably never would have gotten those tests done when I feel like it should have been routine. Also, should they have tested me for other things? I know gonorrhea and chlamydia are the two big ones, especially since they may produce no symptoms. Should I go get tested for other diseases/infections, even if I'm exhibiting no symptoms (and using condoms absolutely religiously now)?
Okay. Phew. End vent session. Thanks for your help!
(PS- to anyone reading this, the pelvic exam was NOT bad at all- super fast and painless. I would never hesitate to get tested/treated for something just because of anxiety about that- and I have stressed about and avoided them for YEARS.)
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