What to expect in a sexual health clinic
Dave's girlfriend had asked him to get a check up. He had heard you can just walk into a clinic and his mate told him not to pee for a couple of hours before he came The receptionist needed some details like address and mobile number - but told him that everything is confidential
Dave read a mag and watched telly while waiting to be seen The nurse asked him a few questions about who he'd had sex with recently. This was to make sure that the right tests were done and it wasn't too embarassing
He thought he'd found a lump on one of his testicles so a doctor checked it for him After giving a urine sample to be checked for infections, Dave did a blood test for HIV
The nurse explained that the clinic contacts anyone who is found to have an infection within a few days, and checks his mobile number again. She tells him that the clinic will only speak to him, and not to worry that his results will be given to anyone else at home. She also told him that next time he wanted a check-up he could go online and order a kit to test himself at home - the tests are just as accurate and it would mean not missing a day at college! Dave got a text message two weeks later telling him he's got the all-clear!