I visited my local health department this week for routine STD testing including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. However, I made the mistake of not asking ahead of time whether they performed a urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. When I arrived and was told they performed the swab test I almost backed out but was told the discomfort would be minimal and very brief. Yet, I ended up enduring 30 seconds of absolute hell. A sadist interrogator at Guantanamo Bay could not have devised a more painful procedure.
My risks were extremely low and I was really just getting tested for piece of mind and in keeping with standard health maintenance recommendations. I didn't pay for any of the testing but I still feel the cost in terms of discomfort wasn't worth the negligible chance that something positive would turn up.
My question is- why is the swab test still being used by health departments when there is a urine test available? Is the swab test more accurate or is usage based solely on cost considerations? I think more men would take advantage of the value of free, routine STD testing if penis torture could be eliminated from the experience.
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