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ANTIBIOTICS KILL STDs?

QUESTION
I had unprotected oral sex from a female in San Francisco about 2 months ago. I went to the Doctor thinking I had a UTI about 2 weeks after the oral sex and was given Cipro 500mg for 7 days. I then had a different infection and took a Z Pak. The symptoms came back milder and I took Kelfex for a week. Could I have an STD or would all those antibiotics have killed it? Can I get tested in confidence without anyone knowing?

ANSWER
The antibiotics that treat UTIs are not the always the same as the antibiotics that treat STDs. The Z-Pak which contains azithromycin in multiple doses and Cipro for a week would usually treat both chlamydia and gonorrhea. Oral sex between women can potentially put one at risk for Herpes, or rarely HPV. The only way to find out if you have a new sexually transmitted disease is to get tested. Testing is almost always completely confidential—check with your doctor to see if their office provides this service, or find a local clinic. Our clinic, for example, provides completely confidential testing. For more information on STD testing, visit http://SFCityClinic.org [SFCityClinic.org] for places in San Francisco, try http://STDTest.org or call the CDC National Hotline for services near you: 1-800-CDC-INFO.

To your health,
Dr. K


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