Partly inspired by this thread
in the South West reviews board, I've decided to write about a recent experience with the establishment mentioned in the topic title after having had my first yeast infection.
4 days after my last reviewed punt, I started feeling that burning pain when urinating. Didn't think much of it at the time, as I've experienced the discomfort before in my teenage years and was also on a holiday trip in Cornwall to boot.
However, a couple of days after the pain first came, it also began to subside slowly but I noticed that the tip of my penis was slightly swollen.
And another couple of days after that, some white spots appeared which quickly degenerated into minor blisters that also eventually subsided.
By the time of the white spots phase, worry was steadily creeping in and the only comfort was I never had any discharge. Got back to London the next week so went to Dean Street instead of my usual local GUM for quick results.
The next part where Dean Street was involved, there were some things I did which was made out to be like it was my mistake but it easily could've been theirs, depending on perspective. In chronological order:Mistake 1:
Didn't realise that 56 Dean St is purely appointment-based. (Their website says to go there if you have symptoms, plus I also wished to see a consultant)Mistake 2:
Thought it was smart to get a quick diagnosis on record at Dean Street Express as well so I wouldn't have to do follow-up appointments at 56 later ... apparently not since it creates patient duplicates.
(What's the point of Express & 56 being part of same organisation then?
They assign you a card with a sticker that has some numbers & a barcode on it at Express, couldn't get the damned thing to scan at self check-in so I re-registered myself.
Aanndd, yup, created another duplicate ... reception at Express sarcastically said I was the first to ever do so. (Well that's fucking great, isn't it? If I'm exposing flaws in your shitty system then next time you'll know how to prevent it.
Above annoyances aside, my experience with them was undeniably positive. The tests came back negative for the usual STIs, within 6 hours
, and I just got the negative result for herpes a few days ago.
According to the consultant at 56, it was likely caused by penile thrush as I admitted to using soaps/shower gels/etc. on little NK ever since I started punting. Uh-uh, if you want to wash that area, mix some salt with water.
So, moral of the story? Never ever use chemicals to clean your privates, no matter how formula-resistant you think you are, and don't freak out the moment you feel something wrong after sex ... go get checked out first.