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SnailShells
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Hello Scarleteen. Long time, no see!

I recently became sexually active, but made a very impulsive stupid decision and didn't use barrier protection with my partner each time. I use the NuvaRing and I'm not worried about pregnancy but I need to get tested for STDs. I'd really like to get it done by my GP rather than a clinic for comfort and convenience sake, but I have some kind of basic silly questions:

-Do I need to specify that I need STD testing when I make the appointment?

-Is there a ballpark range for cost with insurance?

-Will getting tested soon after exposure affect test results (will some things not show up)?

Thanks very much.

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Robin Lee
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HI There,

Some doctors' offices will ask you what the reason for your appointment is. There are no special preparations that need to be made for sexually transmitted infection testing, so if they ask and you're not comfortable saying,, you can tell them you need to talk to your doctor about your health. ON the other hand, if you want to get in to see your doctor soon, you'll want to communicate that to the person you talk with on the phone, and part of that may be telling them why.

Yes, most test results won't show up right away. It's recommended to wait at least a month after the last exposure, and for some infections, even longer. This article has the lowdown on testing:


Testing, Testing...

Coverage for testing really depends on what insurance you have. You could call your company and ask what the coverage is for your plan.

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SnailShells
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Thanks Robin!

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Robin Lee
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You're most welcome.

Wishing you well for the appointment.

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