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Inspired by hanging around Scarleteen, I went to Planned Parenthood today to schedule STI tests.

The woman I spoke to there was really cool and I asked her opinion about which tests I should get since I have sex with women.

She gave me her recommendation and then explained (rolling her eyes, apologetic) that on my intake forms I should lie and say I'm also having sex with men in order to get most of the tests for free. Apparently, the government will only pay for the annual tests if it's supporting safer hetero sex.

I guess I've been sort of naive about the state of sexual health care. I'm curious about any other difficulties people have encountered trying to get sexual health care.

without tenderness, we are in hell. -Adrienne Rich

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Wow I'm glad I stumbled onto this. For my degree (in a health-related field) we're required to submit essays etc every so often discussing our views on particular topics. This semester I was given the topic of sexual health... and yes I did in fact discuss it... but I failed the assignment. What peeved me the most was that they gave me great comments on how it was good to see a future physician interested in sexual health, yet apparently I didn't make some of the connections they wanted me to make... I spoke about how some youths do get frightened by STIs... and how within my own particular group (and I'm sure others) there is a certain stigma attached to having an STI etc... yet apparently I was wrong by saying that there were some psychological ramifications for someone in their teenage years being told they have HSV I or II?

It sort of makes me angry and frustrated because the people running the course seem to be pretty out of touch with some of these issues... and so do the government in your case bluejumprope. Also because it was an opinion piece ... and apparently my opinions are wrong?

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