Anal Swab is a relatively painless procedure that is useful in detecting various infections on the anal canal.
This is useful in people who engage in receptive anal sex. i.e People who allow the insertion of the penis, finger or sex toy into their anus. Licking and kissing of the anus (aka Anulingus) can also transmit certain infections.
What is an Anal Swab?
An Anal Swab is a procedure where a sample of cells or secretions is taken from the anus for testing.
Why is an Anal Swab done?
How is an Anal Swab done?
You will be asked to remove your pants and lie down on the couch. The usual position is with you lying on your side and your knees pulled up to your chest. Imagine like you are curling up into a ball. This is commonly known as the ‘Fetal Position’.
Either a small cotton tip stick or a small rubber brush is inserted about 1cm into the rectum. It is then rotated gently and withdrawn.
The whole procedure only takes a few seconds and is painless.
Is an Anal Swab painful?
No. The procedure is very fast and is painless. It is done in the Doctor’s office and does not require any anaesthesia.
How long will it take for me to know the results of my Anal Swab?
Different tests require different times to run. Generally you should have the results in about a week.
Anal swabs are not usually included in comprehensive STD screening packages. This is because not everyone engages in receptive anal sex.
If you do and you are concerned of certain symptoms or infections, please let Our Doctors know. We encourage a very open and non-judgemental discussion of your medical problems. Only then can we provide you with sound and prudent medical advice.
If you are experiencing any discharge, itch, pain or lumps in and around your anus, you should discuss this with our doctors.Click here to see the full range of our HIV/STD Services
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