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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 (prostateClick here to see an illustration.) for swelling and tenderness.
  • May take a urine sample to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDevika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
Last RevisedDecember 11, 2012

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