Japan's culture is one forged in various degrees of shame. And that's a damn shame sometimes because it makes getting a quick STD test at your local clinic all the more socially cumbersome and logistically inconvenient. In my home country an AIDS/HIV test was usually "thrown in" with a yearly physical. I didn't even have to explicitly request it. STD testing is so commonplace in the USA that any shame associated with it has long since yielded to pragmatism. Unfortunately for Japan, STD testing still carries a lumbering stigma. I'll never forget the first (and only) time I requested one at my local clinic. The nurse abruptly broke eye contact, lowered her voice, and darted away to fetch a doctor. It was a tad awkward. The clinic a former employer used for their yearly health exams offered STD tests as an option, but lamentably I think that's comparatively rare as my current company's clinic of choice does not. And after my shame-inducing experience when directly requesting one, I hesitated to repeat that approach. An Internet search revealed some Tokyo clinics specializing in STD testing, but by happy chance I found some even more felicitous solutions to getting an STD test in Japan.