Sexually Transmitted Infections: Genital Examination for Men

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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Genital Examination for Men

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During a male genital examination for sexually transmitted infections, the doctor:

  • Looks for discharge from the 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 the testicles for swelling and tenderness.
  • May use a small scope to look at the walls of the rectum for discharge and inflammation.
  • May look at the end of the large intestine (rectum) for discharge and look at the gland that produces part of semen (prostate) for swelling and tenderness.
  • May take a urine sample to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
Last Revised February 16, 2011

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