Since it had been awhile since I'd been tested I wanted the full testing available and hoped it wouldn't cost too much. I also didn't know very much about trych, the STD my friends had. Since the details included my choice not to be monogamous and we live in the bible belt (my friend, his GF, myself, my partner...) I wanted to be somewhere that I wouldn't feel judged.
The nurse and doctor I saw were tremendously helpful, explaining which tests I didn't so much need (no symptoms) and which ones I should really have- annual w/pap, trych test, HIV test, etc. They helped me to feel more educated about protecting myself (i'm already really careful!) and were totally non-judgmental- I'd even say compassionate.
I really appreciated the quality of care and the environment at Feminist Center. The waiting room and the exam rooms were kinda pretty and really clean, the staff seemed dedicated, caring and knowledgeable, and I was only there for about an hour. Before I even left, I was able to get results for the trych test, since it's done using a microscope. I guess it was within a week or so that I called back to get the rest of the results- a clean bill of health and the clinic got a promise from me that I'd return for future services... and tell my friends about the services offered. (interesting fact: they even have a donor insemination program- amazing!!!)
I hope this place does great in the future, and that our community continues to support clinics that serve such diverse clientele and those (like myself at this time) who don't have the support of insurance or lots of money. Thanks to Feminist Center's lovely staff!
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...try to convince people not to protest. It was hard to see protestors while knowing I was at a gynecology clinic. It just doesn't make sense to try to keep people from healthcare. What's that about??
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