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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: can you carry a std and not ever know?


 ut29488 - Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:51 pm

how long can one carry the STD, Gonorrhea, before having an outbreak to KNOW you have it? a friend of mine has been dating this guy for 2 years. she is now pregnant and with a test has just been told she has it. she is freaking out thinking he has cheated on her. She had not had any symptoms..still would not know if it hadn't been for this test. thanks, a caring friend.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:52 pm

User avatar Hello,
Actually most women who are infected with gonorrhea have no symptoms at all. This is why we need to get regular exams, especially if sexually active. If your friend has been monogamous with this man, chances are he is infected and who started it is hard to determine if either of them were sexually active with others in the past or even the present. The most important thing is to get treatment and to be honest about sexual partners so they can be notified of the possibility and treated as well. It is selfish to avoid naming a possible victim since damage can occur without symptoms so responsible sexual activity includes disclosing to local health agencies all potentially infected partners. They will see to it the people are contacted, tested and treated.

Thank you for your concern for your friend.

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