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Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

from The Clinical Advisor

Whenever patients come into the emergency department with concerns about a sexually transmitted infection (STI), we are very quick to treat them. If a man has penile discharge, we will send a culture for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and then treat him before he leaves the emergency department even if we don't have the test results back yet. We will also treat someone for gonorrhea and chlamydia if he or she presents with herpetic lesions and has had sexual intercourse with someone who was diagnosed with an STI. A woman with vaginal discharge, known exposure, or dyspareunia will also often get treated while in the emergency department before her culture results are available. more


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