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StarHallie
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Hello all...nice to be at ST again! [Smile]

Long story short, there's a new boy, and we've been talking about a sexual relationship, and about getting tested before we pursue one. The boy says he just had a full work-up (a visual exam, and both urine and blood samples), and I told him I wanted to see the papers. When he gets them from his PCP office, what should I cognisant of?

Also, I had a gyn appt. a couple of months ago, and my results were normal (Yay!). When they do a pap smear, besides looking for abnormal cell activity, what STIs do they test for? Is it only gonnorhea and chlamydia? What is the best way for ME to get a full work-up?

It's been about 9 months since I've been sexually active, if that helps with my question.

Thanks, always, you guys are great!

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Welcome back, Hallie!

Good on you for being so smart about this. [Smile]

If you're not sure about what testing you're getting done, talk to your doctor. Some routinely check for STIs, other's don't, and the best way to make sure you're getting the best care is to talk to the doctor and let them know what you want and need.

As for your partner's test results - I've never seen such records in the US, so I couldn't tell you what to look out for, but if you're not sure what to look for, again, a doctor is the person who can explain best. Maybe accompany your partner when he picks up his results and have the doctor explain them for both of you? (Or maybe a US-based volunteer can give you a better reply here.)

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