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How Effective Are Swabs When Testing For An Std

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Urethra Cotton Swab Test

Hi,I went to my local health department to get STI testing. One of the things they did is shove a cotton swab up my urethra and turn it. I was in severe pain, and got dizzy afterwards, and then threw up. I just wanted to know that if it was possible...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The cotton swab rammed up the one-eyed monster is not exactly a pleasant experience. I've seen a few folks get dizzy and lots of folks curse Read more »

hiv swab testing and dentures

i finaly after 2 long years built up the curage to go get tested..its 12 months since i had... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Chlamydia's Quick Cure

...Anna Lange (not her real name) had no symptoms when she went to a Wake County, N.C., sexually transmitted diseases clinic earlier this year to pick up her birth control pills. But a routine test revealed that the 20-year-old Lange had chlamydia. Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...partner's status or is your partner HIV positive? Are you pregnant or considering becoming pregnant? Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) ? Do you have hepatitis C (HCV) ? If you answered yes to any of these questions,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Women Find It Easy and Prefer to Collect Their Own Vaginal Swabs to Diagnose Chlamydia Trachomatis or Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Infections

...seven North American cities were given a questionnaire after they participated in a clinical trial of nucleic acid amplification testing of various specimens. A total of 1,090 women consenting to gynecologic CT and GC sampling (82 percent of... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

How Do You Talk To Your Partners About HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

...There is no easy answer concerning how to talk to a partner about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Although many people find it easy tohave sex, they find it extremely difficult to talk about it. So how does onebegin? The Read more »
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Please help me, i am DESPERATE!!!!!

Posted by snake, 2 Replies
...much for a bowel movement. Please help any comments or opinions are welcome. Tested for HIV on: 2nd week post exposure:w/swab oraquick : Non-reactive 3rd week post exposure:w/EIA ABS HIV 1/2 :Non-reactive 4th week post exposure:w/finger... Read more »

No Symptoms, but Tested POS mouth swab

Posted by Guest8923, 2 Replies
...I just need a little encouragement. I took a mouth swab in May 2008 and it was + for HIV. I took a full blood test at my drs office tested neg, i waited 8 months to make sure and tested Read more »

For HIV - first test between 9-12 weeks

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...99.9% of positives are positive). For STDs - it depends which one you are referring to - some are blood tests and some are swabs. If you know that you have exposed, just tell your doctor and she will treat you even before the test come back. In... Read more »

oral swab testing concern

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I recently tested negative using quick at my nearest clinic. I tested outside of the window period which was 7 mths. My concern is that I may have Read more »