A 22-year-old female asked:
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if you had any type of std and symptoms then got tested 2 years after if you really had the diseasewill it still be positive?

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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
18 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on the std. Stds like chlamydia no, stds like herpes yes.
Answered on Jul 23, 2013
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Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Likely, yes: Most std/sti do not spontaneously resolve. Only thing that delays presentation for treatment is that some %age of each causes minimal to no symptoms in its host / carrier. Highly likely sti will be there on testing.
Answered on Aug 7, 2013
Dr. Christopher Hoffmann
19 years experience Infectious Disease
It depends: An std acquired and treated 2 years ago may cause a positive test result. Tests for syphilis usually remain positive after treatment. Antibody tests for herpes will also remain positive. If a test for chlamydia or gonorrhea is positive it is likely that either the std was not completely treated originally or re-infection occurred. Either way, treatment is needed.
Answered on Sep 25, 2013
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