Services

Physical Exams

Even if you don’t have any health concerns, an annual physical exam can help you prevent health problems and treat existing medical conditions you may not know about. A once a year check-up can save you money, time and most importantly, your life.

Women’s Exams

A woman’s wellness exam includes:

  •  Physical exam
  • Breast exam, with basic breast management for problems
  • Pap test, with HPV test if needed (women 21 and older)
  • STD testing, with treatment as needed (no pain urine testing)
  • Rapid HIV testing, results in minutes
  • As needed, screening for some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension
What should I do to prepare for my exam?
To get the most out of your exam:

  • Schedule your exam when you are not on your period.
  • Write down any questions or concerns you may have about your health to discuss at the clinic
  • Avoid sexual intercourse, douching or inserting anything into your vagina 48 hours before the exam.
What should I expect at my appointment for my exam?
You will be asked to complete a medical history form about your general health. Then you will have your vital signs (weight, temperature, height, pulse, and blood pressure) checked. This allows us to monitor any major problems or unusual changes since your last visit. During your visit with your clinician, the following exams and issues will be addressed:

  • Review of your completed health history
  • Review of any current medications
  • Discussion of any concerns you might have
  • A physical exam
  • A breast exam
  • Test for sexually transmitted infections (if needed)
  • Pelvic exam and Pap test (if needed)
What is a Pap test?
A Pap test is a simple screening for abnormal cells in the cervix, which connects the uterus to the vagina. The clinician brushes the cervix to get cell samples, which are sent to a lab for analysis. Results should be ready in two weeks or less.

Getting regular Pap tests can help women find problems early and get treatment before cells turn into cancer. You should get a Pap test at age 21, and unless there are problems, every three years after that.

Why should I get an exam if I don’t need a Pap test?
Even if you don’t need a Pap test, you should get a check-up once a year, especially if you are sexually active. An annual exam can help detect new diseases, STDs, or vaginal infections that you may not know about, so you can get treatment. Some infections show no symptoms in women, yet if left untreated, can cause damage and even infertility. An annual exam can save you money, time and most importantly, your life.

What should I talk about with the clinician at my exam visit?
Jot down any health questions you might have and bring them to discuss at your visit. An annual exam is a good time to discuss different birth control methods, as well as any questions you may have about your exam. You can trust us to keep your information completely private.

Will the pelvic exam hurt?
We do our best to make sure exams are pain free. A pelvic exam may be a bit uncomfortable, but you should not have sharp pain. It is important to know that the exam tools come in very small sizes, and the clinician will use lubricant and can insert only one finger into the vagina if necessary. You can not lose your virginity by having a pelvic exam.

What if I have my period when I’m scheduled for my exam?
Please reschedule your appointment for a time you won’t be on your period to ensure accuracy of exam results.

How long does it take to get test results?
Test results will be ready during your visit or within one week. We will call you about any abnormal test results. We will not contact you if your test results are normal. Some test results may require a follow-up visit to discuss further treatment or testing that may be needed.

Men’s Exam

A man’s wellness exam includes:

  • Physical exam, with general wellness assessment
  • Basic health vitals
  • Breast exam, with basic breast management for problems
  • Testicular exam and instruction on self-exam
  • STD testing, with treatment as needed (no pain urine testing)
  • Rapid HIV testing, results in minutes
What should I do to prepare for my exam?

Know your own health history, your family’s health history, your current (if any) symptoms, and any questions you would like to ask.

What should I expect at my appointment for my exam?

When you arrive at our clinic, you will be asked to complete a medical history form about your general health. Then you will have your vital signs (weight, temperature, height, pulse, and blood pressure) checked. This allows us to monitor any major problems or unusual changes since your last visit. During your visit with your clinician, the following exams and issues will be addressed:

  • Review of your completed health history
  • Review of any current medications
  • Discussion of any concerns you might have
  • A physical exam
  • A breast exam
  • Test for sexually transmitted infections (if needed)
What is a testicular exam?

A testicular exam is a complete physical exam of the groin and the genitals, which are the penis, scrotum, and testicles. The clinician checks them for lumps, swelling, shrinking, and other signs of a problem. We can also teach you how to do a self-exam.

Testicular cancer is rare, but it is the most common cancer in men younger than age 35. The chance of cure is very high when this cancer is found early and treated right away.

What should I talk about with the clinician at my exam visit?

Jot down any health questions you might have and bring them to discuss at your visit. An annual exam is a good time to discuss prevention of pregnancy and STDs, as well as any questions you may have about your exam.

How long does it take to get test results?

Test results will be ready during your visit or within one week. We will call you about any abnormal test results. We will not contact you if your test results are normal. Some test results may require a follow-up visit to discuss further treatment or testing that may be needed.

Teen Services

Teens may get physical exams, STD testing and treatment, and birth control at all our health clinics. Federal rules requires services be provided without a parent’s permission. All services are confidential, unless you are at risk of being harmed or hurting others. We report all cases of suspected child abuse as required by law.

What should I do to prepare for my exam?

Know your own health history, your family’s health history, your current (if any) symptoms, and any questions you would like to ask.

What should I expect at my appointment for my exam?

When you arrive at our clinic, you will be asked to complete a medical history form about your general health. Then you will have your vital signs (weight, temperature, height, pulse, and blood pressure) checked. This allows us to monitor any major problems or unusual changes since your last visit. During your visit with your clinician, the following exams and issues will be addressed:

  • Review of your completed health history
  • Review of any current medications
  • Discussion of any concerns you might have
  • A physical exam
  • A breast exam
  • Test for sexually transmitted infections (if needed)
What is a testicular exam?

A testicular exam is a complete physical exam of the groin and the genitals, which are the penis, scrotum, and testicles. The clinician checks them for lumps, swelling, shrinking, and other signs of a problem. We can also teach you how to do a self-exam.

Testicular cancer is rare, but it is the most common cancer in men younger than age 35. The chance of cure is very high when this cancer is found early and treated right away.

What should I talk about with the clinician at my exam visit?

Jot down any health questions you might have and bring them to discuss at your visit. An annual exam is a good time to discuss prevention of pregnancy and STDs, as well as any questions you may have about your exam.

How long does it take to get test results?

Test results will be ready during your visit or within one week. We will call you about any abnormal test results. We will not contact you if your test results are normal. Some test results may require a follow-up visit to discuss further treatment or testing that may be needed.

At Access Esperanza Clinics, we offer opportunities and hope for people to plan their futures and stay healthy. You can count on us for quality, affordable, and confidential care at all of our Health Clinics.

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