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What does a positive semen culture mean?

What does a positive semen culture mean?

Missing Context: You are not sharing with us the reason for the test and what your doctor diagnosed. Positive culture represents an infection. ...Read more

Semen (Definition)

Semen is the white, viscous substance that forms the male ejaculate. Semen contains sperm, fructose (nutrition for the sperm), and ...Read more


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What is the species of enterococcus found in semen culture?

What is the species of enterococcus found in semen culture?

None: Usually enterococcus are not found in semen culture. If one is found, it is abnormal and may represent an infection of the one of the genital organs. ...Read more

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What causes enterococcus faecalis in your semen, semen culture was positive for light growth?

Genitourinary tract: Enterococcus is found commonly is stool - and for some reason now it is turning up in a semen culture. This could mean one of two things: a) the culture was contaminated or b) if you have symptoms relating to the GU tract, you could have prostatitis. Since male GU infections can take quite some time to treat properly, you'll need an ID doctor and/or a urologist to help. ...Read more

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Is there a specific type of semen culture that provides quantitative results about enterococcus, in order to see medication effectiveness?

Is there a specific type of semen culture that provides quantitative results about enterococcus, in order to see medication effectiveness?

Go see your doctor: You shouldn't have enterococcus in your semen so however diagnosis was made, you can ask your doctor to repeat it to prove that you're cured. Typically, we identify bacterial organism via culture & sensitivity. That tells us what antibiotics the organism is sensitive to. If you can finish appropriate antibiotics as directed by sensitivities, then usually no need for test of cure. ...Read more

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My semen culture keeps being positive for enterrococcus faecalis. What does it mean if it's a contaminant, not an infection?

My semen culture keeps being positive for enterrococcus faecalis. What does it mean if it's a contaminant, not an infection?

Infection?: The repeated isolation of the same organism from expressed prostatic secretions suggest a chronic infection. I would talk to your doctor and consider antibiotic therapy for 6 weeks to treat chronic baccterial prostatitis. Check culture and sensitivity as Enterococcus faecalis relatively resistant ...Read more

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What kind of bacteria or viruses does a semen culture detect or look for?

Common bacteria: E. coli and its gram-negative rod relatives, less often staph and strep. Different groups do the workup differently. Chlamydia may be sought by gene probes instead. ...Read more

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What types of diseases and bacteria does a semen culture detect or look for?

What types of diseases and bacteria does a semen culture detect or look for?

Std tests: Hi Wanda, so doing a penile or vaginal culture can be tested for a variety of things, but a common STD panel includes gonorrhea, Chlamydia, are the basics. You can further have your doctor test for syphilus, HPV, HSV. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I need a very specific test done. My doc doesn't know where for me to go. ANAerobic semen culture. Quest diagnostic doesn't do this. Where to go?

Almost any lab can..: Culturing anaerobic germs from any specimen can be done in almost any lab with a properly collected fresh specimen and your doctor should know where to inquire especially in the US. But the initial question is what you need such culture - for symptoms or for infertility or. ..? Without knowing these in mind, how can one apply the report to your individual need. More? See urologist... ...Read more

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Is sexual abstinence required before a semen culture?

Is sexual abstinence required before a semen culture?

No: No longer that would be required for you to produce a specimen. ...Read more

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What does a semen culture check for? Can it see a ureaplasma infection?

What does a semen culture check for? Can it see a ureaplasma infection?

Limited: In my experience and opinion, there is little value to culturing semen. Most cases of prostatitis are diagnosed by history and physical examination. As a urologist, I have not utilized a semen culture for any purpose in 20 years. ...Read more

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The result of semen culture is non-hemolytic streptococcus what should I do?? And does it affect prostate if I have some problems in eriction??

Unlikely to be the: Cause of your problem. Non-hemolytic beta strep is often present on the skin and is not a likely cause of your problem. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see a urologist.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is it possible that pseudomonas found in semen culture be responsible for my prostatitis symptoms? Do you consider pseudomonas as dangerous infection?

Is it possible that pseudomonas found in semen culture be responsible for my prostatitis symptoms? Do you consider pseudomonas as dangerous infection?

Possible: If you have prostatitis symptoms and a properly collected specimen of seminal fluid was obtained then this bacteria could be the culprit. Many infections have the potential of being dangerous, and you should be approppriately treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do you treat rare white blood cells in a semen culture?

How do you treat rare white blood cells in a semen culture?

Not abnormal: Having a few white blood cells is normal in semen. But discuss with the doctor you are seeing for whatever problem you have with your semen. ...Read more

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Gram stain neg for semen. Culture in process, can it still show prostatitis? If culture is also neg then what describes my voiding problems? I'm 22, virgin.

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Gram stain neg for semen. Culture in process, can it still show prostatitis? If culture is also neg then what describes my voiding problems? I'm 22, virgin.

Here are some...: Known to us, many men have been labeled with the diagnosis of chronic prostatitis due to their irritatiive voiding symptoms although most of them may have no documented infection, but have some irritation to nerve-endings to local tissues. To deduce what should be done, more info is needed. How to get these done correctly, go to articles in http://formefirst. Com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble. Html. ...Read more

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Staphylococcus Haemolyticus found in small to mod. Amount in semen culture two times. No pus cells in urine and normal range in Semen. Should I treat?

Ask your doctor: If you've had a semen culture there must be a reason for it, so I would treat based on the reason the culture was taken. In other words, I would ask your doctor what it means and why the culture was taken. Does a female in your life have symptoms? Do you have symptoms? ...Read more

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My recent semen culture shows staph aureus mssa. I was put on ciprofloxin 500. Will this treat my infection?

My recent semen culture shows staph aureus mssa. I was put on ciprofloxin 500. Will this treat my infection?

Not ideal: Cipro is not something I like to use for treating MSSA (Methicillin Sensitive Staph Aureus). That is a bad germ. The problem is the prostate has a capsule around it, so not every antibiotic can get in there to kill the germs. I wonder why your doc didn't use Bactrim which would kill the MSSA more efficiently. Bactrim gets into the prostate very well. It's a sulfa drug though - in case of allergy. ...Read more

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Aerobic semen culture showed enterococcus. Anaerobic culture was clear of bacteria. Does it mean an enterococcus species easier to be treated?

Aerobic semen culture showed enterococcus. Anaerobic culture was clear of bacteria. Does it mean an enterococcus species easier to be treated?

No: Aerobic means it grows in oxygen. Anaerobic means the bacteria grow in the absence of oxygen. Whether bacteria are aerobic or anaerobic does not determine how hard those bacteria are to treat. That is determined by whether we have readily available antibiotics capable of killing them. ...Read more

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Urine cultures came back negative, and a semen culture also came back negative. How certain can I be that I don't have Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis?

CBP: That's a very good question. CBP is difficult to treat. The prostate is enveloped in a capsule which makes it difficult for antibiotics to penetrate. In general 3 weeks of antibiotic course is used but there are doctors who treat far longer than this due to symptoms not abating. Prostatic massage with fluid collection can be done in addition to what you mentioned. Are you symptomatic? ...Read more

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I'm given a semen culture for chronic prostatis, epididymitis. But I have been taking levaquin & keflex, which control some of the symptoms. What can I do?

I'm given a semen culture for chronic prostatis, epididymitis. But I have been taking levaquin & keflex, which control some of the symptoms. What can I do?

Be patient: This is very though. Make sure the lab knows that you are taking antibiotics, the culture will be treated differently and hopefully it will grow something with a good response to a different antibiotic that you could benefit from ...Read more

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Semen culture says light growth of coagulase negative staphylococcus and light growth of alpha hemolytic strep not group d. Is this very bad? There givng me aantibiotics. How bad is this?

Not bad!: These bacteria (coagulase neg staph and Alpha hemolytic strep not gp d) live on our skin. They may or may not represent a real infection. Because they could come to semen from the skin of the penis at the time of getting the sample. Whether they represent a significant infection is based on the judgment of the doc who sees you. However, these bugs should respond well to your antibiotics. ...Read more

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My doctor ordered a semen culture to send to microbiology. What does that look for? I saw the urologist for a slightly inflamed prostate.

Bacteria in: Prostate take a long time to be treated. They can be STD but are more likely just the bowel bacteria that cause UTI's. They take a month of treatment to get them out of the prostate though. ...Read more

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Why would I keep having positive semen culture infections? I was on zyvox (linezolid) and it cleared up, now it is back and I am on ampicillin.

Why would I keep having positive semen culture infections? I was on zyvox (linezolid) and it cleared up, now it is back and I am on ampicillin.

Prostatitis?: Presumably you have a bacterial Infection in the prostate or seminal vesicles, which can be difficult to eradicate. Maybe need prolonged treatment. Ampicillin unusual for this but may work if the bacteria is susceptible. Check w/ doc that the bacteria is not a contaminant, i.e. not really causing the problem. If so, you might have non-bacterial prostatitis, which won't respond to any antibiotic. ...Read more

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My semen culture keep coming back positive for enterococcus faecalis. Been on Zyvox (linezolid) before and now on ampicillin but still doesn't feel better.?

Sensitivity: The organism causing your infection may be resistant to the antibiotics being used and sensitivity testing needs to be done on the culture. The source of the infection also needs to be addressed since this could be due to re-infection. ...Read more

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Does a urine analysis or semen culture check for STDS or STIS?

Depends: A culture may show STD, e.d., urine or semen culture may grow gonorrhea organism. Usually the doctor would need to specifically request tests for specific STDs. ...Read more

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My dr ordered a culture of my urine and a complete semen analysis. Does this check for all bacteria and infections or would a semen culture be helpful also? Or is it not needed with the first two tests?

My dr ordered a culture of my urine and a complete semen analysis. Does this check for all bacteria and infections or would a semen culture be helpful also? Or is it not needed with the first two tests?

Depends: You do not state the reason for the study but i'll assume a prostate problem. A regular urine culture checks for common bacteria but not gonorrhea or chlamydia if a std might be an issue. A semin analysis would normally examine the components and ratio of active to inactive sperm. If your doc ordered the original culture with a std in mind, s/he probably has all needed info. You could ask. ...Read more

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I have chronic bacterial prostatitis. Had many midstream urine cultures, and 1 semen culture, which shows nothing but WBC in semen. Are there other tests?

I have chronic bacterial prostatitis. Had many midstream urine cultures, and 1 semen culture, which shows nothing but WBC in semen. Are there other tests?

Prostatitis: M of unknown age: Notes: I have chronic bacterial prostatitis.Had many midstream urine cultures, and 1 semen culture, which shows nothing but WBC in semen. Are there other tests? ANS: Without knowing how old you are, your recent sexual history and tests for STD or what you prostate feels like and what treatments you have had I can only recommend you ask your team. They know you best. ...Read more

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Is 3x500 mg for 28 dy Amoxicillin effective for treating Group B Strep Infection found using semen culture? Original sympom: reduced ejaculate volume.

Below: If there was a semen culture, then sensitivities were prob also done at the same time and your DR used the Amoxicillin because the Group B Strep was sensitive to that drug. ...Read more

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Had blood in semen twice. Got ultrasound and urine and semen culture. All normal. Could there also be risk of testicular cancer. 20 year old?

Had blood in semen twice. Got ultrasound and urine and semen culture. All normal. Could there also be risk of testicular cancer. 20 year old?

Uncertain: Testicular Cancer shows up as a lump in the testicle; this can be easily felt with the hand as a growth or swelling of the Testis. Blood in the semen is not likely to be a sign of testicular Cancer. The likely sources are either a blood disorder or a problem in the seminal vesicles or in the penile urethra. Your doctor should keep checking you for a hidden cause which may show up in 6 to 12 month ...Read more

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What other tests can be done for urethra/penis pain? Neg urine analysis, semen culture, and cystoscopy last year, as well as neg prostate/bladder son.

GC/Chlamydia culture: Has anyone tested you for an STI - specifically GC/Chlamyda? If not, it would be a reasonable test. Take care! ...Read more

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Ultrasound test shows normal size of prostate, psa: 1.0, urine/semen cultures clear of bacteria, 2-3hpf of pus cells in semen culture. Is this all enough to conclude that I don't have prostatitis?

Ultrasound test shows normal size of prostate, psa: 1.0, urine/semen cultures clear of bacteria, 2-3hpf of pus cells in semen culture. Is this all enough to conclude that I don't have prostatitis?

Prostatitis: Prostatitis is a "clinical diagnosis". There is not a test that confirms or rules it out. Diagnosis is based on digital rectal examination of the prostate and more importantly, your symptoms. Ultrasound has no role in diagnosing prostatitis. ...Read more

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Diagnosis-Chronic Prostatitis, however semen culture+urine sample shows no pathogens. Should I worry about non-cultarable bacteria? STI screen Negativ

Diagnosis-Chronic Prostatitis, however semen culture+urine sample shows no pathogens. Should I worry about non-cultarable bacteria? STI screen Negativ

No: If common bacteria and STDs have been ruled out then your chronic prostatitis is a matter of irritation that is common in young sexually active men and things should settle down later on. No need to worry too much at this time. ...Read more

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My urologist said my prostate was slight enlarged after a sonogram. He ordered a PSA, semen culture, and KUB x-ray. Is this normal? What are they looking for?

My urologist said my prostate was slight enlarged after a sonogram. He ordered a PSA, semen culture, and KUB x-ray. Is this normal? What are they looking for?

See remark: What were your symptoms to have PSA? At your tender age no one expects prostate cancer.Did you have symptoms of frequency, burning, irritation to have the tests.
To visit a urologist you must have had urinary complaints,
warranting investigation I assume nothing positive was found! They were LOOKING FOR CAUSE FOR YOUR COMPLAINT.... ...Read more

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Do you think combination of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and ciprofloxacin will be effective for treating enterococcus found in semen? Culture showed sensitivity on both

Do you think combination of augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and ciprofloxacin will be effective for treating enterococcus found in semen? Culture showed sensitivity on both

Either: If sensitive, either should work--cipro has good penetration. Challenge is duration of therapy for male gu infection, can be up to 3 weeks. Should be at urologist's recommendation. ...Read more