How can I get over being embarassed to go and get std test?

by Rachel on April 30, 2011

I dont have insurance so that means I will have to go to the health dept or to an STD clinic and I am mortified. Has anyone been through this?

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

sexyboy April 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

You should have thought that when having sex.

Eric C April 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm

In knowing that MANY people go to get it. It;s not uncommon.

James April 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I’ve been through it. No it is not fun, but who cares…just get it done!

Chrys April 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

why..if you’re old enough to have sex, you’re old enough to pay the consequences…so just do it…they see people like you all the time..grow up.

Princess_Intellect April 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Surely the potential of having an STI is enough in itself for you to overcome your embarrassment?

thecowisnow April 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Just do it, it may be embarressing,
but it will be completely worth it in the long-run.

trumpeter2717 April 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Well, if it’s for a test your not even sure if you have it.

Peter N April 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

why’d ya do it?

kingblue125 April 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Swallow your pride or you die if you have something.

?sincerelywithlove? May 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

Just know that it’s a normal thing. Why should you be embarrassed about being a sexually active human being? We all are, just some people are a little more open about it than others.

I think you’re concerning yourself too much with what the doctor’s will think of you. Just because you go in for an STD test does not mean you’re promiscuous and careless of your actions, you could have/had a dishonest and untrustworthy boyfriend for all the doctors know. Besides, if this is the profession they work in, think of what they must see day-to-day.

Knowing is better than not knowing, and in this case, what you don’t know can hurt you.

Nano54321 May 1, 2011 at 12:18 am

i havent been threw this but everyone will go threw this so dont be emmbarrassed everyone will go threw it

rainbowbright May 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

Your being responsible thats NOTHING to be embarasses about!

RedLetters May 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

Well if you do go to an STD clinic, only other people with the same issue will be there – so there’s no reason to be nervous! Good luck!

Brizzle May 1, 2011 at 2:06 am

You can remember the face of every person you have sex with until you get it and remember that you could potentially be killing them.

Slob May 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

Go to Planned Parenthood. They deal with disadvantaged troubled women every day. They will treat you nicely and won’t remember you when the day is over.

Getting tested is nothing to be ashamed about. It just goes to show that you’re intelligent enough to get tested.

^-^ May 1, 2011 at 2:54 am

Peer Pressure: Everyone does it.

ArmyBabe53 May 1, 2011 at 3:47 am

most health clinics see patients for all sorts of reasons, and still fall under privacy acts, don’t be embarassed, you’ll feel better once you get it done

LadiezMan101 May 1, 2011 at 4:33 am

All you need to rememver is that you arent going to see any of these doctors or secretaries again in your life. lol, i act like a complete jackass every day in school because of that very thought.

Chris G May 1, 2011 at 5:06 am

Why do you feel embarassed about that? You shouldn’t care what other people think. It is very important that you do this.

Patrick M May 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

realize that if you dont do it your vag might smell like fish for the rest of your life.

dobranoc May 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

I never had STD but I have been to a clinic before. Everyone that works there make you feel comfortable, they are understanding. It not something they haven’t seen before.

f0ur2one May 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

I have never been through it myself but you have to consider going along with a potentially harmful thing in your body and not treating it.Your health is more important than a little embaressment isn’t it? I feel for ya tho. Good luck

lilia May 1, 2011 at 6:30 am

I haven’t but I know that they have seen and know all and no reason to be embarrassed. It is much more important to find out if you are safe. You really, really don’t have a reason to be embarrassed. This is what they do all day everyday and you are just another patient. And of course your diagnosis is private and confidential.

edthespartan May 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

There’s nothing embarassing about doing the mature, responsible thing, even if it’s on the heels of having done something that may not have been your brightest moment.

You’re not just looking after your own health, but that of anyone you get intimate with going forward.

Cowboy up, do the right thing and move on.

Just Wondering May 1, 2011 at 6:55 am

The risk of inaction is too great. It is inevitable that you must go, so the sooner you get it over, the sooner you can quit worrying about it. When I was in college I had to tell my dad who was a doctor that I had gonorrhea – that was embarrassing, but I got over it with the help of needed antibiotics. Just do it!

kittykat May 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

doesn’t knowing that you’re in danger, help you overcome your fear? i mean come on- just go and get it over with

Kimmy May 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

if u can go 2 a free clinic i think ur beond shame anyways

Maria May 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

I have never been through it before, but I guess you must focus on how important it is for you too find out the results of the STD test! You have to look out for your health. So maybe if you focus on that it won’t seem so embarrassing! Good Luck!

wkrtxrngr May 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

It’s really nothing to be embarrassed about. You are doing the right thing by finding out and getting appropriate treatment. STD’s can have serious long term consequences in the absence of treatment, for example, impaired fertility, genital dysfigurement, pain. . and some can cause serious health problems or even death (HIV). . so it’s the most responsible thing you can do for yourself and for the many people you’ve had and will have sex with. .

1012 May 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

A condom don’t sound to bad now, does it?

pops May 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

You don’t say WHy you need to be tested so I will assume that you are concerned that you may have contracted an STD. Embarrassment is far less serious than going untreated for a serious illness.

fbifiles May 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

If you are sexually active, then you MUST get tested for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis. I’d rather be mortified than stuck with a disease I’d have to deal with for the rest of my life or dying from a disease I could have easily prevented.

mccrkt May 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

Just go to Planned Parenthood. The test costs like 20-40$.. These people are used to dealing with these kinds of things.. The biggest thing is to act like it doest bother you and if you can make yourself believe that, then you’ll be fine. You just have to look at it from their point of view. They see tons of people all the time checking to see if they have an STD, they’re not going to go home and tell all of their friends about it. Also, they couldn’t, even if they wanted to, it’s illegal! Just go and deal with it and do it. Furthermore, they feel like they’re doing good by helping people deal with those kinds of problems.

Andrea R May 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

Ok, I understand you are embarrassed. But just remember, if you go to an STD clinic, everyone else in there is there for the same reason as you. Or, do like I did for my best friend. Ask your best friend to go with you, and talk as if she is the one getting tested…when you are called, you both get up and go back. No one really has to know which one is getting tested. :-) Also, remember that this is important, no matter how embarrassing…good luck.

Ask Alice May 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Absolutely, you’re going to walk in there with the rest of the world that is JUST LIKE YOU. Don’t worry, you’re doing the right thing which is making sure that you stay healthy and don’t give anything to anyone else by making sure you’re clean. That’s commendable! Screw what other people say! All the people who have something nasty to say to you are probably dealing with their own itchy, burning problems… If you know what I mean.
Don’t be scared. They just found a cure for AIDS anyway, it’s a bone marrow transplant. Who knew.

rebbyshy1 May 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

i havent but conviced my friend to. i was going with her but when we got there she started to get cold feet. so ill tell you what i told her.

many of these doctors see so many patients about the same exact thing. its not like they are going to treat you like crap and even if they do which would only be because they are having a bad day then you are only going to be in there for a little bit.

finding out now is way better than not getting the test and stressing yourself out making you sick or even not knowing the std which can possibly be treated gets worse and can make you sick, infertal, or even terminally ill. so what is better, a few minutes to a few hours of being embarrassed to find out it wasn’t so bad afterward or the next couple of years stressing and not knowing whats happening?

Jacob K May 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Before you go into the clinic remind yourself the following things:

1) Everyone who works in the clinic deals with sexually transmitted diseases, you won’t be the first who needs to be tested nor the last, its like going into a OB/GYN office, the doctors have seen a million people’s privates before you, so you shouldn’t be embarrased.

2) If you are embarrased because you don’t have insurance, I believe a third of our country does not have, its more common than you think.

3) Believe it or not take a friend with you, although it might be embarrasing to ask a friend at first, he/she will make you calm because he/she could speak up for you.

4) There are way more things to be embarrased about such as people who need to explain to the ER doctor that there is something stuck up their you know where.

speedsausage May 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Everyone at an STD clinic is there for the same reason. The nurses/doctors aren’t there to judge you and they won’t, otherwise no one would go.

Suck it up and go.

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