STD Testing Bayonne is dedicated to providing patients with the most accurate and confidential testing options available. We have multiple testing locations in the 07042 zip code, so finding a local center is convenient. Once you’ve found your nearest testing facility, it’s just a quick 10-15 minute appointment without any painful swabs or embarrassing exams. Sometimes too much information is too much information. Aren’t there certain things we’re better off keeping to ourselves? After all, what does it really matter if we’re a little less than honest about our flaws and past mistakes? These values represent the numbers of persons who have been tested only.
If you are uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale. House will tell you, withholding information from your doctor or health care professional can be hazardous to your health, especially when it concerns the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Take a look at the following immunization schedule and make sure every member of your family gets all needed immunizations. Fees for services are based on your household income. If left untreated certain STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause long- term complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Most health insurance plans now cover prescription birth control, annual wellness exams, and HIV and STI screenings with no copay, and many other services with some copay required. That’s why medical experts advise sexually active men and women to get tested regularly after having unprotected sex.
Early treatment is key in avoiding serious reproductive health consequences. Despite the glut of information about STDs, it’s a sad fact that many people feel embarrassed and often lie to their doctors about their sexual history, thereby putting themselves and their partners at risk. According to a recent Web MD survey, 50% of the people polled admitted to lying to their doctors. Even so, keeping quiet about sexual history and previous STD infections, especially for women of childbearing age, can prove to be a dangerous practice. Each Tuesday evening, at My Health Options, our professional medical staff screens men and women under age 25 for gonorrhea and chlamydia, the two STDs that directly affect reproductive health, and for trichomonas. If you fall within our age demographic, this could be the first time you are seeking help for a suspected STD. You may feel awkward, confused and afraid of being judged.
You may be reluctant to confide in anyone; still, you know you have to tell someone in order to be treated. Your conflicting emotions make it all too easy to “keep some, tell some,” about how many partners you’ve had or if you’ve been infected before. Our medical and counseling staff knows the importance of providing a safe environment for you to open up and discuss your sexual history. My Health Options respects your privacy while communicating the crucial medical information you need to make safe and healthy choices. You may find yourself in a state of panic. We understand your worst fears about sexual disease and your fears of what others, (including your partners) may think of you. Instead of “information management’” we encourage an honest dialogue about your sexual history in order to affect a positive outcome.
Together with our patients, we build a relationship of trust and good will, opening the lines of communication, to ensure the best chance for successful treatment and prevention of future infection. From the moment you enter our center, you are warmly greeted by our professional staff. You don’t have to wait in line or endure a humiliating registration process. Our medical intake is specific and detailed, making it easy for you to reveal personal information in a neutral, nonthreatening way. Your appointments are intentionally scheduled to allow for ample time with our doctor and counselor so that all your concerns are addressed with understanding, respect and solid medical attention. Sometimes we hear from our patients long after they have been successfully treated. Our doors are always open if you want a re-screen, some advice or additional counseling, or if you just want to stop by or call to say hello.
In the end, we will never know who “kept some or told some,” but the staff at My Health Options will keep trying to communicate the message, with compassion and patience, that when it comes to treating sexual transmitted disease, you’re only as sick as your secrets.