My boyfriend and I have been dating for nearly a year now. At the beginning of March he and I finally decided to have sex. Since then we have been sexually active. I'm currently on the pill and each time we use condoms and are careful to change the condoms when appropriate. However, I have been guilty of engaging in unprotected oral sex with him once or twice over the course of the past year. I have a checkup appointment with my gyno coming up this month and am planning on asking for a full STD screening to be safe and completly sure of things. I've talked to my boyfriend of this and suggested he do the same. He told me that he had had a physical or something just a few months previous and his doctor said he was fine and that he didn't have HIV. I was rather unsure of this and suggested, again, that he get a full STD screening from his doctor instead of just a blood test to which he ask what happened during an STD screening. From what I've heard the doctor inserts a cutip inside his urethra for a swabbing, right? After hearing this, he's now completly against the idea. I don't really have a problem with this at the moment, but, I was wondering, is there any other method to checking a male for STDs other than a swabbing? Thank you and sorry this was so long-winded!
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The urethra swab is an old test. It's now a pee-in-a-cup test. If the clinic he goes to offers the swab test only, find a new clinic! anyway, that tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia. He'll need other tests.
Okay, so he's HIV negative. what about syphilis? That's a blood test. Pretty simple. did you et a syphilis test? If not, you should add that to your laundry list.
Herpes? That test is hard to find and can cost $150-$200. The strain-specific herpes test (the only herpes test worth taking) is a blood test. But like I said, it's hard to find.
There's no widely-available test for HPV in men unless they show warts. so unless he's got warts, you can only speculate.
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