Possible STI symptoms: Few months ago, I noticed that... - BASHH

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Possible STI symptoms

patrickstar1
patrickstar1

Few months ago, I noticed that I was having discharge from my penis and it did not smell good. I got a urine and a blood test, to test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV and Syphillis, which all came back negative. The previous time I was involved in any sexual activity was 4 months before that test (in which I only had unprotected oral sex). Since it came back negative, I decided to leave it thinking it is probably nothing. Now, I do not notice discharge as much but I have a slight burning sensation when I urinate sometimes.

Were my previous test results wrong? What is causing my symptoms, could it be any other STI?

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Simply , yes. You need assessment at a sexual health clinic if in the UK , for intraurethral microscopy and possibly mycoplasma testing.

L1994
L1994 in reply to Galen70

Hi can i ask what microscopy and microplasma is. How do they test urine and swabs for sti normally. Do they not use this method to test for sti's? Asking sue to this question. My partner had this also a yellowish discharge from his penis and went to the Dr's had a swab done in end of his penis and blood tests. Don't know if he had urine tests. They treated him there and then for gonnarhea without results. He should get them tomorrow altho they said it could be a UTI also they wanted to treat him because it was slightly yellow the discharge. But I had been going through hell my self after having cell removal of my cervix and have unusual discharge. Sometimes yellow but Dr's think I have no infection as I have had a private set of swabs done for chlamydia and gonnarhea and also swabs took at my GPS. Is there more ways of testing than having swabs done?

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to L1994

In a sexual health clinic in the UK, a speculum is passed and samples of vaginal fluid are taken and looked down the microscope at. Swabs are also taken. Urine is not usually tested in women unless a woman has urinary symptoms ( UTI) UTI in men is unusual and doesn't usually cause a discharge. A man in a sexual health clinic would have microscopy taken from inside his penis IF symptomatic , and in many uk clinics now , if this showed inflammation, a mycoplasma test. Mycoplasma is not routinely tested for in most gp practices, and in clinics only if the person has NSU in men, PID in women etc. It is not routinely tested for in asymptomatic men and women in the UK at present. If your partner was treated for gonorrhea for some reason, you should automatically have been treated for it also, regardless of your test results. Chlamydia is more common in heterosexuals .

L1994
L1994 in reply to Galen70

Yes I spoke to my gp about my partner being treated there and then for gonnarhea at his appointment and they told me that I don't need to do anything untill his results come back. Think I will call sexual health clinic see if they could give me some advice as I don't seem to be getting anywhere with my gp. I think due to covid they are only taking appointments and not walk ins so will give them a call and see if I could get some advice. Thanks

L1994
L1994 in reply to L1994

I did have the speculum inserted and vaginal fluid swabbed and pelvic examination at gp but will explain to sexual health nurse. Thanks

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to L1994

If your partner was treated empirically for gonorrhea , and his test proved negative, then at this point there may be little point in you being treated . However if he had discharge , but was gonorrhea/chlamydia negative - I would suggest he attends a sexual health clinic for investigation as discharge is not normal in men, and is not associated with a UTI. If there are signs of inflammation, he may be treated, and have a mycoplasma test done.

L1994
L1994 in reply to Galen70

He was tested and treated at a sexual health clinic. He did have discharge but his test results he got back today says all negative but positive for UTI. They said that they were treating him as precaution and treated him for all infections because they didn't want him going back to the clinic due to covid. Made me really stuck for answers really as I am having a bright yellow discharge now mainly when straining on the toilet. So strange. I am thinking more in to the fact that this has been on and off just things not being right since i have had cell removal to treat cin3 of my cervix. Just so nervous but guess best thing I can do is keep pushing to be further assessed by my Dr's and get some information from sexual health clinic also because my Dr's don't listen much and don't seem concerned. Thank you for your information.

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to L1994

Well if they are treating him for "all infections " they should be treating you as well as his partner ! Its good his tests were negative - but he wont have had microscopy or a mycoplasma test @ GP. Sexual health clinics have remained open and fully functioning during covid , just with the extra precautions . Yes definitely speak to your local sexual health service.

UTIs do not cause urethral discharge in men.

L1994
L1994 in reply to Galen70

His were done at sexual health clinic. His Dr gave him the number to ring to go for tests. But I am definitely getting in touch with sexual health clinic because Drs are just fobbing me off. It is the best thing for me to do. I think that you have to have a telephone trearge with sexual health clinic and book an appointment that's what it says on my clinics website and that's what my partner had to do. Thanks

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to L1994

You are welcome. Some tests are easier done in men if discharge - the microscopy I mentioned. In women inflammatory cells can be normal in the vagina. I think if you explain to the clinic that your partner had discharge and was given antibiotics however his tests came back negative - they may offer you antibiotics empirically .

L1994
L1994 in reply to Galen70

I will do thank you

patrickstar1
patrickstar1 in reply to Galen70

Ok. I have done another test, and tested negative for all four again. I think I will call the clinic to book an appointment next week. Is it only mycoplasma that can cause urethritis or is there anything else?

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to patrickstar1

well in a sexual health clinic it is termed NSU - non specific urethritis . There are a variety of causes. Also consider other more mechanical/physical causes. This is why a clinic assessment is preferable .

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