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PSYCHOanalytical
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I just wanted to ask a few questions in general about seeing gynaecologists. I'm almost 18 and about to finish school, and want to talk to my mum about organising a visit, but thought I'd do some research first.

I'd like to get my first pap test, an STI screening (I'm usually pretty safe and I trust my boyfriend - I've only had two sexual partners and only one has been unprotected, my current bf) and possibly a breast exam, just so I know I've covered most of my bases. I'm covered by Medicare, I have my own card, but I'm not sure what sort of costs these incur and whether they'll turn up on some sort of bill that my parents will end up getting. Are they covered by my Medicare insurance? I know the doctor can't tell my parents what I had done, but bills...I don't know. I'd prefer it to be private.

I have some more questions but I'm sure that when I find a gyno, they'll be able to answer them better in person [Smile] if not, I'll be back on here again!

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Good on you for wanting to take care of your sexual health?

All of those should be covered by your Medicare, but you can certainly call your local public health department to find out for sure.

Since you're a legal adult, you get to ask that any paperwork generated by the exam is sent to wherever you like. Many clinics also give an option to have no paperwork sent at all, but instead to call you with test results.

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PSYCHOanalytical
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Yeah, I'd like to have a doctor I can go to for any of these problems as soon as they come up, instead of stressing out if something goes bad [Razz] I wouldn't want someone I didn't know if it was a sensitive issue.

Awesome, I'll definitely check. I'll talk to my mum about it, cos I think she'll be happy and proud that I'm trying to stay healthy, but mostly so she can give me an idea of who to make an appointment with and her experiences/costs. Should be fun!

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