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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Genital Exam for Men

Topic Overview

During a male genital exam 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 the semen (prostate) for swelling and tenderness.
  • May take a urine sample to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Credits

Current as of: February 26, 2020

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

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