Genital exam for sexually transmitted diseases in men

During a male genital exam for sexually transmitted diseases, the health professional:

  • Looks for discharge from the penis. The health professional 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.

Last Updated: January 9, 2009

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