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Sexually Transmitted Infections: How a Male Genital Exam Is Done

British Columbia Specific Information

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) affects both men and women, and is passed from one person to another during sex or intimate contact. There are numerous ways you can protect yourself against STIs, see HealthLinkBC File #08o Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

To learn about the different STIs, symptoms, and treatment, see the HealthLinkBC Files - Sexually Transmitted Infection Series. Further information is also available from SmartSex Resource, BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV / AIDS.

If you have concerns about an STI or want additional information, speak with your health care provider, or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. You can call 8-1-1 and speak to a registered nurse anonymously anytime, every day of the year.

Overview

During this examination 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:
February 10, 2021

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