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A 46-year-old male asked:

Can i carry gonorrhea from 1996 to till date ? probable ans no. i am asking because i have had chlamydia from 1996 to 2014(its true) including cmv&hsv1 . i am worried about gonorrhea and hpv because no test done till date.should i test urine pcr?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
It is exceedingly unlikely you were infected with the same strain of Chlamydia trachomatis for 18 years; if so, your doctor(s) would have reported it in the medical literature. (Longest known case 4 years, in a woman; none even a year in males.) Carrying gonorrhea that long also is impossible. HPV, sure: lifelong infection is the norm and you could well have been infected since 1996.

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