A groundbreaking investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found thousands of doctors over the past 16 years raped, molested, humiliated or sexually exploited patients, sometimes under the guise of conducting medical exams. If you are unable to disrobe without help, the doctor or an aide may assist with your permission. The doctor also should make sure a gown is available, and during exams the doctor should use drapes to avoid unnecessarily exposing your body. Doctors should not examine or touch the genital areas without wearing gloves.
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But you should let your doctor know if you've had sex anyway. Having sex puts a person at risk for STDs as well as unplanned pregnancy. When you tell your doctor or nurse practitioner you've had sex, he or she can look out for signs of infection. Treating STDs early is important not just for your health, but also for the health of your partner. An STD that's not treated could cause scarring of the reproductive organs and might lead to infertility inability to have a baby in men and women.
Guide to sexual health services
At Island Sexual Health, our job is to give you current, clear information that helps you better understand your sexual health and make the best choices for your wellness. If you are wanting to have an exam, please ask the receptionist for an exam appointment so your appointment will be an appropriate length. 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 our clinic, you will be asked to complete a written health summary that asks questions about your health. You are welcome to print it off, complete it and bring it with you to your appointment if that feels more comfortable for you.
A visit may take between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the clinic and what tests you need. To decide what exams or tests you might need, the health care provider will ask you questions about your sexual health history. To get the best care, it helps to be as honest as you can.