You should start having regular sexual health exams when you become sexually active, and should continue yearly even if you don’t have sex anymore. We recommend regular check-ups for males who are currently, and have been previously, sexually active. We recommend that everyone have a complete screening for sexually transmitted infections yearly or before each new partner. Generally, we recommend testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis.
What should I know before an exam?
If you are wanting to have an exam, please ask the receptionist for an exam appointment so your appointment will be an appropriate length. If you are wanting to be screened for STIs, please make sure you haven’t urinated for 2 hrs before your appointment so you can provide a urine sample.
Please bring all of your questions and concerns with you – the more information we have about you, the better care we can give you. When you arrive to a clinic, often you will be asked to complete a written health summary that asks questions about your health. It is not meant to be intrusive but to give the healthcare provider a clear picture of your health when they see you.
Who is in the room during exams?
You are welcome to bring a friend, partner or support person for any part of your exam. We have both male and female healthcare providers; if you have a preference in health care provider, you are welcome to specify when you book your appointment.
Medical and sexual history
The doctor will assess your sexually transmitted infection risks, sexual health, and risk factors and may ask you about:
- your sexual history (partners, types of sex you’re having)
- family medical history
- existing medical conditions or medication
- safer sex methods (condoms, dams, gloves, birth control if appropriate)
The doctor or nurse will offer a genital examination including a testicular exam and may also look at your chest and hands. If you decline a physical exam, you can still be tested for certain STIs.
Depending on the type of testing you are having, the clinic may have you provide them with a urine sample or send you to the lab with a requisition to be tested. Any swabs that are collected are sent to the lab from our clinics. We send all of our patients for blood testing to the lab with a requisition. To receive results of testing, you need to make a follow up appointment or make alternate arrangements to receive your results.
You should have time to ask the doctor questions if you would like. You may wish to write down questions ahead of time so you don’t forget. You are always welcome to book another appointment if you have additional questions.
Call us 250-592-3479 to make an appointment to get a sexual health check-up including sexually transmitted infection screening and genital exams at any of our clinics in Greater Victoria, BC. All services are private and confidential.