eg. How do you approach an STD test with a new partner?


Asked by on July 13, 2016

Hello I was wondering if a STD medication could stop the symptoms for another STD? Last week I went to the clinic because I had some discharge and pain while urination. They gave me some pills that got rid of any bacterial infection and chlymadia. After four days the symptoms were completely gone. But I received a call yesterday (six days later) that says I have gonorrhea? How is this possible because I no longer have any of the symptoms that caused me to go there in the first place? The pills that they gave me got rid of those symptoms.





March 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

While your timeline is a bit unclear, it sounds like during that initial visit you were tested for gonorrhea in addition to chlamydia and received this diagnosis after you began treatment for chlamydia.

Because gonorrhea and chlamydia infections can occur simultaneously, it is common for healthcare providers to prescribe a course of antibiotics that will take care of both conditions. It may be that is what happened in your case and that that is why your symptoms cleared up.

However, the only way to know if you are clear of both infections is to go in for a second round of testing as both forms of STDs are developing resistance to antibiotics. Being tested again after a week of treatment should clarify if the antibiotics you took worked or if you need to continue treatment for one or both infections.

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