Doctors are required to keep your information confidential to the best of my understanding? You might want to consider finding a new GP if you're afraid of your Doc knowing something about your health. When I ask my doc for a STD test to be safe, he does it quite willingly with no embarassing questions.
I changed from my old family Doctor because he was still practicing with standards from the 1800's.
I think you are absolutely right with your comments. However, there may or may not be members of this site out there that share their GP with someone they are close to. And for some, that might be a bit embarrasing.
The STD Control Division offers totally confidential consoltation. They do encourage you to be honest about your activities so they can offer you the best advice on how to protect yourself.
There is no need to keep secrets from the fine staff at this clinic. They are not out to embarrasse you by asking you poignant questions about your activities.
If you are honest with them, you leave the place more informed, and I think that does service to all concerned including the SP's that we choose to be with.
I want to emphasize that this service is free, and confidential. Well worth the investment. You can call yourself Joe Millionaire if you like, just as long as you keep track of your identity so they can identify your file. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE YOUR MSP CARD.
One more comment. The only way your GP will find out about this is if you request the results get forwarded to him or her. ICBC doesn't find out about your STD results if you get in an accident. I repeat...You don't use your MSP card to aquire this service. You can even keep your identity confidential. Confidentiallity being a myth is totally wrong. Call the clinic and verify that if you wish.
I've never been to this S.T.D. center, but it sounds like a good all-in-one location. I recently did my health checks all over the place.
1) The Q-tip swab was done at the GP to check for bacteria.
2) GP then referred me for the blood test at one of those blood-testing clinics, which are usually next door to urine sample clinics.
3) The Hepatitis A-B shots were done 3 times over 6 months to build up the immunization. Most private medical plans do not cover this vaccine, about $170 for 3 shots and the "prescription" fee(s). I did these shots at a "Care Clinic" because their waiting time tends to be much lower than a GP's. You walk into a Care Clinic, make an appointment, then rush next door to the pharmacist to pick up the vaccine, and then go back to the Care Clinic. After you buy these shots, one at a time, from the pharmacist, they take it out of the refrigerator and you want it injected as soon as possible.
If this S.T.D. centre has an urologist, since your pants are down, then it is a good time to get the prostate checked too. You can ask the GP to do it, but why not ask the specialist. Every year or two it seems like a New York Yankee gets prostate cancer and men suddenly get checked. If men live long enough, then we would all get prostate cancer...and skin cancer.
And thanks to other members who have followed this thread and posted informative replies.
My hope is that this thread will be instructive to all members who have questions or concerns about where to go for information about STD's and at the same time maintain their privacy and health. It benefits everyone if we do our best to stay safe and healthy.
This was one of the better discussions I have been apart of on this site.