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Sexually Transmitted Infections: How a Male Genital Exam Is Done

Overview

During this exam for sexually transmitted infections, the doctor:

  • Looks for discharge from your penis. The doctor may put a thin swab into the urethra and take a sample of fluid and cells to test for infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
  • Checks your testicles for swelling and tenderness.
  • May look at the end of your large intestine (rectum) for discharge. The doctor may also check your prostate for swelling and tenderness.
  • May use a small scope to look at the walls of your rectum for discharge and inflammation.
  • May take a urine sample to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Credits

Current as of: October 18, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh MD, MPH - Infectious Disease

 

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