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Member # 42492
posted 03-10-2011 08:18 AM
I just scheduled my pap smear for this year, and also asked about STD/STI testing.
I was under the impression that anyone who'd been sexually active was recommended to get a full panel test done every year. However, when I spoke to the lady scheduling my appointment, she said it'd would be about $500 to get all of them, and recommended I wait to talk to the doctor to see which ones she'd recommend. (and this is the least expensive clinic in my area by far) I just wanted to make sure that this sounded right to you guys. Everyone here has stressed the importance of regular, complete testing. But every doctor I've been too has just left it at chlamydia and gonorrhea, and not even mentioned any others. I definitely won't be able to afford all of them. So, how should I narrow this down? Are there certain infections/diseases that always present symptoms? Should I just get tested for the "silent but deadly" ones like HIV? If it hopes to asses my risks, I've only been sexual with 2 people. The first person I used condoms with for the first six months. The second was a one time thing, and we used a condom. That was in December, and I haven't had any symptoms, unless you count a yeast infection I got after taking Antibiotics last month (given to me for the Flu. And no, I'm not sure why either, since antibiotics don't work against viruses, but I felt so bad that I took them anyway, lol) And, I am going to talk to my doctor about it, but I just want to make sure I'm informed before I do. Thanks for your help!
Member # 3
posted 03-10-2011 10:58 AM
Did you go to a clinic with a sliding scale? because that is an OUTRAGEOUS sum for a full panel for a young person whose insurance won't cover that. And doctors not mentioning HIV testing...well, my jaw was hanging open when I read this. Most STIs don't present obvious symptoms, which is why most people with them who don't get tested don't know they have them. This is a big part of why STIs are so prevalent. At the very least, you want to do Chlamydia/Gonorrhea, HIV and HPV (or at least have a pap). A visual exam that's part of your annual would be able to identify the possibility of others like Syphilis or herpes, and you're already paying for that with your annual exam.
Member # 42492
posted 03-10-2011 11:31 PM
I'm not sure if it's a sliding scale or not. However, I doubt that's help me anyway, since they'd probably count my parent's income even though they don't help me with medical expenses.
However, the clinic is definitely the most affordable in the area. I switched to them after my last doctor tried to charge be $600 for routine blood work. In fact, a lot of uninsured patients go to them. I have Insurance, but on my medical part, I've got a high deductible. However, there is a small amount of money set aside as health care credts that I can use before meeting the deductible. Last year they covered my pap smear, chlamydia and gonorrhea tests without a problem, so the only one I really have to watch is the HIV one. Looking through my benefits, it looks like they might also FINALLY be covering HPV vaccination. I'm gong to try to get that as well. And just out of curiosity, does Texas have a reputation for expensive sexual health care?
Member # 42492
posted 03-10-2011 11:46 PM
Also, I have never been tested for HIV, but I do donate blood a couple times a year on average.
Is it safe to assume that if there were HIV antibodies in my blood, they would have contacted me?
Member # 36725
posted 03-10-2011 11:58 PM
I'm not positive about Texas health care costs, so hopefully someone else will know that and be able to answer for you there. Typically, even within states it really depends on what areas you tend to reside in.
Per the HIV screening, yes - any time you give blood they test it first to be sure it's safe. If something should come up (even if you test false-positive on something then test negative the rest of your life) you will be contacted as you will no longer be allowed to donate blood.
Member # 25425
posted 03-11-2011 09:38 AM
Also, just so you know: with clinics that charge on a sliding scale, they will do that based on your own income. So, your parents' income should not make a difference.
Member # 3
posted 03-11-2011 10:44 AM
Texas has a reputation for making sexual healthcare and reproductive care highly inaccessible, whether that's about cost or about politics.