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27 Jul 2005

STD or not?
I had sex with a lady and used a condom.A week later I started getting a burning sensation when urinating and thought nothing much of it.It got worse and my right testicle became swollen and sore.I didn't have a white discharge , neither did I have a fever.I went to my GP and he tested my urine sample(which had brownish/reddish speckels that i thought was blood ).After the urine test he said I had some form of a UTI and prescribed antibiotics.He then took a blood sample which was sent to the pathologist to test for STDs , but not HIV.
The results came back negative for all the STDs tested.I asked him how i could have gotten the infection then he said , maybe i had picked it up from the toilet seat , etc.I asked him why my results were negative for STDs if what I had was a UTI , then he said it was probably because whatever the infection was , it hadn't had enough time to get into my blood stream.I also asked him why I didnt have a discharge and he said it was because when I came for treatment , it was in the early stages of the infection.After that I felt a small lump in the testicle that was once swollen , but the lump gragually varnished.
Up until now I'm still confused.If it was an STD , how could I have contracted it when I used a condom?Can one get an STD from touching the outside of the condom (when pulling it out after the sexual act)?I had a small crack (from eczema ) on my finger.Can one contract HIV from that?

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pathologist

01 Jan 0001

1. Your GP made the diagnosis of a urinary tract infection and therefore organisms were not found in the blood as this is not a systemic infection.
2. I do not know which STD's he/she tested for, but if they were negative then you obviously did not have an STD.
3. By what you describe it also sound to me that the infection spread to the epididymus and testis. This is caused by mostly bacteria in sexually active men.
4. You would not get an STD from touching the outside of a condom.
5. Any cuts or cracks in the skin is a potential portal of entry for the HIV virus especially if you get into contact with HIV infected blood. It would however be wise to have yourself tested for HIV if you feel that there was any risk of you contracting the virus from your partner.
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