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Posted by: Stressed dude | 2009-01-12

STD

HI,

I went to my doctor on saturday with a suspected bladder infection. (Penial discharge and it burned when i urinated). THe doctor tested my urine. I was too embarassed/afraid to ask what it was, but judging from the situation, its gonorrhea :(. Yes, i did something very stupid about 2 weeks ago.

Anyway, he prescribed ciprofloxacin 500mg twice daily - 10 tablets. I have 4 left now and the symptoms have only improved mildly. should i finish the course of the anti biotic? or should i go see him before then? Also, how long does it take for this disease to clear up? Will drinking lots of water help clear up the infection?

I also want to have an HIV test just to be sure. Is the PCR test/p24 test accurate? How much will this test cost? Can they detect the virus if infected within 15 days?

Sorry, am asking loads of questions.

Thanks for the help.

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Our expert says:
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Dear Stressed Dude
Complete the course of antibiotics - it will take about a week to clear up. Drinking lots of water may improve symptoms but will not cause the infection to clear up quicker
The HIV PCR test is accurate - will cost about R300. A PCR (R300) plus a viral load test (R850) can determine infection at approximately 30 days after contact
Dr Bets

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Posted by: funkymama | 2009-01-12

go see your doctor again. its the safest! if you let it be it might just get worse. i did something stupid 2 weeks ago too, but i thank the LORD all is ok. i hope that this experience has learnt us both a big lesson.
good luck!

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