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Pre-exposure prophylaxis?

Recently a patient asked about pre-exposure prophylaxis. He described himself as a "hobbyist," and explained that he often gives and receives unprotected oral sex with high risk partners. He asked if there were any medications that he could take to minimize the risk of infection, should he be exposed.

Well, there are no currently approved FDA protocols for pre-exposure prophylaxis. However, we do have post-exposure protocols which, with slight modification, should protect almost anyone against the most commonly transmitted STD's found in the high risk community.

Only Chlamydia?

Hello everyone,

Today, I would like to present a case that we see all to often. A patient comes into our office, states that his girlfriend has chlamydia, and that he would like to be tested only for chlamydia. His understanding is that, if his girlfriend has chlamydia, then this is the only possible STD that he could have been exposed to. He admits to having multiple sex partners, but believes his girlfriend to be faithful, and thinks that if his girlfriend tested negative for Gonorrhea, then he must not have Gonorrhea, or he would have given it to her when he (presumably) gave her Chlamydia.

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My name is Dr. Warren Henslee, and I would like to present to you an opportunity for you to ask any question you like in an anonymous forum. Your questions can be anything, really, whether they are questions about STD's in general, or any other medical condition. I graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1997, and finished my residency in Family Practice at the Hudson Valley Family Practice Residency Program in 2000. Since graduating, I have served as the chief medical officer for an urgent care clinic and continue to serve as the chief executive officer for a primary care clinic, and so can answer your questions over a broad range of topics, even beyond those relating specifically to STD's (or STI's as they are now called).