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A 19-year-old male asked:

so i had sex for the first time, was tested positive for gonorrhea and was treated...told my partner to get tested and she's not infected why is that?

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Dr. Dale Kristle
Gynecology 40 years experience
Retest: either you had a false positive test or, more likely, she had a false negative test. you can also get gonorrhea from oral sex.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Gonorrhea tests...: ...are highly reliable in men, so you can assume your diagnosis was correct, especially if you had typical symptoms (pus dripping from penis). However, the tests miss some infections in women; and gonorrhea can clear without treatment. If your sexual history is correct, your partner is (or was) infected. It is crucial that she be treated for gonorrhea, despite her negative test result.

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