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    Between getting swept off my feet, getting rather carried away, then being dumped I've been a very silly girl and had unprotected sex with someone who's sexual past seemed to be pretty kosher at the time, but now I'm having my doubts. I'm not worried about being pregnant but I am slightly worried about STIs.

    I'm not asking for a lecture from anyone but I was wondering what was the the normal protocol at GUM clinics? Do you just turn up and wait your turn or do you have to book an appointment?
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    think most of them have walk in clinics that you just turn up at... its totally confidential service... try looking here for details of aclinic near to you....

    http://www.ssha.info/public/clinics/locations.asp
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    Alot of GUM clinics are walk in, and sum have appt only days. Call up your local clinic and speak to them. you can get a pregnancy test at your docs aswel.
    With walk in, youll probably go there, fill out a form which asks you why you are there, and then get seen. Might take a few hours though. The nurse will ask you a few intimate questions aswel, have the date of your last period to hand when you go there also!
    Good luck
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    Hiya,

    I've heard GUM clinics are becoming less and less "walk in" and more appointment only. I suggest giving the one nearest you a call first to understand its protocol to avoid a wasted journey. Alternatively, you could book an appointment with your GP to discuss whats happened and he could put you in touch/ book an appointment for you. Your family plannic clinic is also another point of information.

    I hope all goes well for you,

    Lou
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    Thanks guys
    I think it's probably a slim chance, but there's that little niggling thought at the back of my mind. Plus I'm not really in a situation to speak to him about it ... obviously I would tell him after if there was something wrong.
    But rather safe than sorry, yeah?
    Btw, I'm not really worried about being pregnant as I'm on the pill and have had all my withdrawals bleeds as normal while I was with him and this one now after.
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    Thanks guys
    I think it's probably a slim chance, but there's that little niggling thought at the back of my mind. Plus I'm not really in a situation to speak to him about it ... obviously I would tell him after if there was something wrong.
    But rather safe than sorry, yeah?
    Btw, I'm not really worried about being pregnant as I'm on the pill and have had all my withdrawals bleeds as normal while I was with him and this one now after.

    When you bleed on a period, it's not a real period so you could technically be pregnant. It's best to do a preganancy test to be 100% sure (there's always a chance) but if you've been taking your pill properly then you probably won't need to. I didn't realise this but a nurse told me once that pill periods weren't actual periods- worth remembering!
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    When you bleed on a period, it's not a real period so you could technically be pregnant. It's best to do a preganancy test to be 100% sure (there's always a chance) but if you've been taking your pill properly then you probably won't need to. I didn't realise this but a nurse told me once that pill periods weren't actual periods- worth remembering!
    Yeah that's why I said withdrawal bleeds. I think it's pretty unlikely as I was making a conscious effort to take my pill bang on time while I was sleeping with him.
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    Between getting swept off my feet, getting rather carried away, then being dumped I've been a very silly girl and had unprotected sex with someone who's sexual past seemed to be pretty kosher at the time, but now I'm having my doubts. I'm not worried about being pregnant but I am slightly worried about STIs.

    I'm not asking for a lecture from anyone but I was wondering what was the the normal protocol at GUM clinics? Do you just turn up and wait your turn or do you have to book an appointment?
    some of them require an appointment which can take upto 2 weeks. my advice is to call them and ask your local GUM clinic directly. if they say come ins traight away the do. they're all totally nonchanelent and have heard much MUCH worse tales than anything you can give so don't be afraid of them judging you or aught like that!
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    My local GUM in Birmingham was appointment only and had a HUGE waiting list, it was about 3 or 4 weeks before I could get an appointment and then when I took the afternoon off and went down there they'd cocked (no pun intended ) up the appointment so I ended up not seeing anyone that day.
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    My local GUM in Birmingham was appointment only and had a HUGE waiting list, it was about 3 or 4 weeks before I could get an appointment and then when I took the afternoon off and went down there they'd cocked (no pun intended ) up the appointment so I ended up not seeing anyone that day.
    yeah its gotten like that in alot of places.
    silly really. if they increased the availability of GUM clinics and reduced some of the clap/gono cases then we'd such much less fertility treatments needed further down the line.
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    Yeah I've heard about the long waiting times. Although I guess it's good that more and more people are taking responsibility for themselves and getting checked out.

    I don't want them to think I'm wasting their time though. I've only ever had sex with 3 people and it's just this last guy I'm feeling paranoid about.

    Is it good practice to get checked out now and again anyways, just to make sure nothing's slipped through the net so to speak.
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    Yeah I've heard about the long waiting times. Although I guess it's good that more and more people are taking responsibility for themselves and getting checked out.

    I don't want them to think I'm wasting their time though. I've only ever had sex with 3 people and it's just this last guy I'm feeling paranoid about.

    Is it good practice to get checked out now and again anyways, just to make sure nothing's slipped through the net so to speak.
    quite. a stich in time saves nine type of thing.

    besides theres always the fact that if you ever do then catch something you'll know it defo wasn't just asymptomatic all along.
 
 
 
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