By Adam Moore
Before we start, I have never had a test like this before but I do fail a test every semester.
After a steady increase of STIs in UL, I have taken a new approach on becoming a responsible sexually active adult.
I decided to bite the bullet and overcome the social stigma that is peeing in a test tube and letting a doctor test if I have an STI.
On the day, I began my journey by walking through the maze that is the main building to discover EG010.
As we arrived I noticed that there seemed to be a nice flow of people being screened.
I was greeted by a nice lady who told me that everything is going to be alright.
Many people consider an STI test a scary process but (for me anyway) it was simply just peeing into a cup and trying not to overfill it.
She explained clearly what was being tested and what to do if there is a problem afterwards.
She went and pointed me to the bathroom down the hall where I was greeted by another nurse.
Except, this nurse was on the frontline for collecting male urine samples.
I noticed there was a great deal of hygiene involved when the guys were handing over their samples.
To make the situation a little more light hearted as I was entering the bathroom, the nurse shouted: “If you hit the target, I will have a little present out here waiting.”
Next thing I know I had hit my target and was holding my prize cup of pee in my hand.
No stage fright or nothing.
I was out the door smiling with a sense of relief.
I walked up to the nurse to claim my prize.
What was the prize, you ask?
It was none other than a “Johnny’s Got You Covered” condom.
I was told that I would receive a phone call if I have an STI and now feel that I am stuck in limbo, if I’m honest.
All I know is that if I’m positive I will receive a phone call from an unknown number asking me will I come to the GU clinic next to the hospital.
Wish me luck.