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What do they look for on a genital culture?

What do they look for on a genital culture?

Predominant organism: Usually genital cultures are used to diagnose a vaginitis, or symptomatic vaginal discharge. Typically the predominant organism is the cause, for example gardnerella vaginalis in bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Do you treat lactobacillus on a genital culture for a female with vaginal discharge with no other positive STD results?

Do you treat lactobacillus on a genital culture for a female with vaginal discharge with no other positive STD results?

No: I have not done that - since lactobacillus is normal flora - the Lactic Acid can produce Lactic Acid and acidify the vaginal area.... Usually are benign and treating means killing other normal flora microbes... ...Read more

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Treating Genital Warts (Checklist)

Wear condoms during sexual intercourse
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Get treated promptly
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Avoid multiple partners
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What do they look for on a genital culture?

Predominant organism: Usually genital cultures are used to diagnose a vaginitis, or symptomatic vaginal discharge. Typically the predominant organism is the cause, for example gardnerella vaginalis in bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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What does MDL genital culture test for?

Unknown: I don't understand "MDL" -- never heard this term in my 40 years in the STD business and don't know what an MDL culture is. It doesn't fit with an abbreviation for any bacteria or virus that I know about. Please post a new question to explain. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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Do you treat lactobacillus on a genital culture for a female with vaginal discharge with no other positive STD results?

No: I have not done that - since lactobacillus is normal flora - the Lactic Acid can produce Lactic Acid and acidify the vaginal area.... Usually are benign and treating means killing other normal flora microbes... ...Read more

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I am currently being treated for genital herpes, culture not back to confirm. I also have a rash on neck,feet, arms. Is this all herpes?

I am currently being treated for genital herpes, culture not back to confirm. I also have a rash on neck,feet, arms. Is this all herpes?

Unlikely: Herpes lesions are usually localized.. what you may have is an allergic rash in response to medication or something else. Your treating physician should be able to investigate. ...Read more

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Had a culture done genitally came back hsv1. Did blood test I have both 1 and 2. Will I have ob of 2 as well as 1 now? Or will it always be just 1?

Had a culture done genitally came back hsv1. Did blood test I have both 1 and 2. Will I have ob of 2 as well as 1 now? Or will it always be just 1?

You have both: The blood test says you have been exposed to both. It does not tell you where the hsv-2 is. It is not necessarily genital. The culture tells you that you have genital hsv-1. Hsv-1 tends to have fewer recurrences. Otherwise, they are basically the same. ...Read more