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Pee in a cup, it doesn’t hurt

Published: March 31, 2014

By Tom

I’ve been to the Knox County Health Department to get checked for sexually transmitted diseases. It's not as bad as most would make it out to be. I've heard numerous horror stories from my guy friends a while back about the infamous "cue tip" test. I did not realize what they meant until it actually happened. It was very painful, but the good news that I recently heard was that they no longer do this test.

Believe me, peeing in a cup is much easier than having a cue tip twirled around for 3-5 seconds in each direction. The health department doesn't do that. And don’t be worried about seeing someone you know. There are many reasons why people go to the health department like taking a class about food safety. Besides, I believe a lot of people I know would respect me for caring about the well-being of myself and others.

Getting checked after each partner even if you use protection is always a good idea to make sure that you're healthy. Sexually transmitted diseases can take a toll on your body. I know because I've read the pamphlets that they put out at the health department. Plus, at the end of every visit they give you all the free contraception that you need. From one young adult to another, care about the well-being of others and get tested. And protect yourself and others by using condoms every time. 


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