Getting tested for STDs is something that everyone should do regularly, but it can be quite a scary experience. Even though you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable or judged when getting tested, it unfortunately happens sometimes. I got judged by a nurse and doctor once when I got tested, which was ridiculous because it is important and good to get tested!
Regardless of how comfortable you are getting tested, you’ll probably have these thoughts:
1. Okay, this is me being responsible!
Responsibility is sexy!
2. Everyone should be tested frequently.
3. That woman sitting across from me in the waiting room is totally judging me right now.
I’m not going to apologize for getting tested!
4. Is this covered by my insurance?
I hope so.
5. STD tests should probably be required for all humans, no?
6. What if I DO have an STD?
Okay, try not to think about that right now.
7. I guess it’s good that I know sooner rather than later.
Then you can get treated faster.
8. Do I just have to pee in a cup?
9. Or am I getting my blood drawn?
I don’t want to do that.
10. What if the nurse or doctor judges me?
It’s literally your job not to judge your patients!
11. Shouldn’t they be proud of me for being in control of my sexual health?
I mean, I’m proud of myself.
12. How long does it take to get results though?
Why don’t they have immediate result tests yet? It’s 2015.
13. What do I do if I actually have something?
14. If I do have something, how do I tell my partner?
Like how do you have that conversation?
15. Do I have to tell my previous partners?
What if they gave it to me and are passing it along??
16. Do I have to tell future partners if I’ve had an STD before?
I mean if you don’t have it anymore, do you need to disclose it?
17. I’m scared.
I don’t even know anything yet, and I’m scared.
18. I’m always using protection. Always.