One of the most important aspects of awareness of one’s own sexuality is keeping you and your partner healthy. One way to do this is through awareness of the risk of STD’s and the possibility of personal exposure. STD screening at Dick’s House is typically quick and easy. You can schedule an appointment with a provider by calling the Dick’s House appointment office at 603-646-9401. If you are not having any symptoms, STD screening typically involves obtaining a urine sample to check for Chlamydia and doing an oral swab for HIV testing. Please do not urinate one hour prior to the appointment. We recommend this screening annually or with any new partners. Getting yourself screened for STD’s and asking your partner to get screened should not be seen as a sign of promiscuity or lack of trust. Instead, see it as part of a routine to keep yourself and your current and future sexual partners healthy. You can expect to have accurate Chlamydia results 3 weeks after exposure and accurate HIV results 3 months after exposure.
If you are having any concerning symptoms it is important that you come in for screening as soon as you can. Symptoms that you should be seen for are any genital lesions or sores, unusual vaginal or urethral discharge, burning with urination, pelvic or testicular discomfort or any other symptoms you are concerned about.