|What does the gram stain test for exactly?
Jan 20, 2003
Does the gram stain test only for gonorrhea or chlamydia or other sexually transmitted diseases? My result said "no organisms found,no pus cells,occasional squamous epithelial cells found? advice
Response from Dr. Dezube
The typical gram stain of a penile discharge will test just for gonorrhea. It does NOT test for chlamydia or syphilis or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Both chlamydia and syphilis are tested for by other tests. In the case of syphilis, a blood test, called RPR, is necessary. Diffferent institutions use slightly different assays to test for these infections. Two additional points-- 1) chlamydia is often hard to diagnosis so some health care providers just treat for it, if there is a suspicion of a chlamydia infection (I use the antibiotic Doxyclycline), and 2) many patients, who develop STDs, often pick up more than one STD at a time. Squamous epithelial cells are the normal cells lining the penis.
mild facial molluscum. Any connection to HIV?
What do you mean when you said that people can clear infections by HPV (the wart virus)?
- Eosinophilic Folliculitis Concerns In Hiv Patients
- How To Find A Doctor Who Treats Candidiasis?
- Tumeric Used For Treatment Of Neuropathy
- Long Term Studies Of Hiv-discordant Couples
- Currently It Is Estimated That The Longest Time Between Hiv Infection And Onset Of Symptoms Is About How Many Years
- Waking Up With Aching Pains And Hiv Positive
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.