Getting STD screening in Singapore can be a very daunting experience although it does not have to be.
Many people know that they have to go for regular STD testing. In fact, getting regularly tested for Chlamydia especially in young women, is recommended and encouraged by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board. Testing for HPV is also actively recommended and promoted.
Many STDs do not cause symptoms. So a person may not know that he or she is infected with an STD until it causes potentially serious complications.
So if everyone knows that STD screening is important, necessary and even encouraged by the Singapore government, why are people still so hesitant to get STD screening in Singapore?
This article is to de-mystify STD screening in Singapore and address 2 common misconceptions.
The first common misconception is that once you have been diagnosed with an STD, the Singapore Government will be notified. Singaporeans are worried this may affect their jobs especially if they work in the public sector. They may also be worried that their family members will be notified. Foreigners are worried they will be deported. Fortunately, these are all urban myths.
For Singaporeans, the Government collects statistics on STDs to guide public education and awareness initiatives. They will never ever contact you, your employer, your family or any one else. Our clinics have diagnosed and treated countless of people with STDs and not a single one of them has ever been contacted by any authority in Singapore.
For foreigners, some are required to undergo certain STD tests in order to renew their work or employment visa. For some, this will include a HIV and/or Syphilis test. For certain specific high risk occupations namely Commercial Sex Workers and Masseuses, they are required to undergo regular Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening. So for the vast majority of foreigners working in Singapore, getting tested and even diagnosed with an STD like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes etc will have absolutely no impact on their visas, employment and stay in Singapore.
The second common misconception is that STD screening is always expensive.
This is because many clinics sell packages that contain tests that you may not need. Or these packages may not contain tests that you actually need.
The best thing to do is to have a very honest discussion with our Doctors on your sexual practices and your specific concerns. We will recommend tests suited for you. This way, you do not have to undergo and pay for unnecessary tests. It is OK even if you just want to have a discussion and decide not to do any tests. We are here to help you with the best and latest medical advice.
Sometimes, we see patients with very obvious symptoms such that we can make a diagnosis and begin treatment even without doing any tests.
So come down to our clinics and have a chat with our Doctors. We provide a very comfortable and private setting for you to discuss your sexual exposure and concerns. We are very happy to advise you on the tests you need and the costs of each test. You can then decide for yourself which test you want to do with us. You control the cost.
STD Screening in Singapore does not have to be daunting. Visit our clinics today.