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Am I required to tell my sexual partners that I have gonorrhea?

Am I required to tell my sexual partners that I have gonorrhea?

Yes: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted that will continue to spread if not treated. It is very important that all sexual partners be notified so that they receive the appropriate treatment. In addition to spreading the disease to many people, untreated gonorrhea will lead to other sequele such as chronic infection, pain, bleeding, and ectopic pregnancies. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Gonorrhea (Definition)

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea. Anyone who has any type of sex can catch gonorrhea. The infection can be spread by contact with the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus. The bacteria grow in warm, moist areas of the body, including the tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra). In women, the bacteria may be found in the reproductive tract (which includes the fallopian tubes, uterus, and cervix). The bacteria can even ...Read more


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I have gonorrhea does the state board really contact my sexual partners?

The HD will: The health department will contact partners to get them tested and treated to prevent further spread since gonorrhea is a communicable disease. ...Read more

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In order to get gonorrhea or chlamydia, is one of your sexual partners supposed to have it?

Yes someone: Has to give it to you and both of you need to be treated and recultured to make sure it is gone form both of you. ...Read more

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1 sex partner.After initial sexual encounter fishy rectal odor, lip tingling. Tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia= negative?Fishy odor due to herpes?

Bacterial vaginosis: The fishy odor is usually due to an infection that is a mixture of many different bacteria, the common name is bacterial vaginosis, also call it bv. The causes are many, bringing bacteria from the rectum to the vagina. It is not classified as a std, but it can be transferred from one partner to the other. Women can develop this with out being sexually active, hence not a true std. ...Read more

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Are newly HIV infected people by law require to inform past sexual partners that they may or may not have infected?

Are newly HIV infected people by law require to inform past sexual partners that they may or may not have infected?

Depends: Laws vary by state, but this is something that obviously can't be enforced, since the patient has to provide names. People diagnosed with HIV are encouraged to notify former partners, which can also be done anonymously through the health department. Disclosure to current partners is more straightforward, and in some states can be done without consent of a patient who refuses to disclose. ...Read more

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Hetero male HPV questions: Should I tell my previous sexual partners for their safety? Or, would this just induce unnecessary anxiety? I've only had 3

Hetero male HPV questions: Should I tell my previous sexual partners for their safety? Or, would this just induce unnecessary anxiety? I've only had 3

Please Inform: I would advise you tell your previous partners about your HPV status. Certain types of HPV can cause multiple forms of cancer (Cervical Cancer) in women if they are not screened frequently for them. If they know about your status, then they could get an HPV test or Pap smears done to determine if they contracted HPV. For yourself I would advise condom use to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I was treated for chlamydia over 6 months ago and given the all clear with two urine tests. Do i need to tell any future sexual partners about this?

I was treated for chlamydia over 6 months ago and given the all clear with two urine tests. Do i need to tell any future sexual partners about this?

Past Medical History: Nope. Not in any way. I am a bit surprised by this unusual question. You were treated and you were retested and do not have the infection any more . Why would you want to share that with anyone? ...Read more

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Does switching sexual partners give you a uti?

Does switching sexual partners give you a uti?

Risk: More partners, more risk, more exposure, more problems. Networking is great for business, bad for bacteria and good health. ...Read more