[Question #4040] White discharge

30 months ago
Hello,

I have contracted an STD either gonorrhoea or chlymidia from a girl I slept with a few nights ago after breaking up with my girlfriend. I have gone for a check today and I am awaiting results I know it is either due to white discharge. My question is : about 36 to 42 hours later my ex girlfriend came to collect her stuff and we had intercourses. What are the chances of her catching this of me so soon after I first caught it .I know 100% I caught this 36 to 42 hours before her. My symptoms along with small discharge is a very minor strange feeling in lower abdomin that comes and goes and a strange headache like feeling. I had been drinking quite a lot over a few days.

Thank you
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
30 months ago
Thanks for your question.  Your ex-GF was exposed to your infection and needs to be treated.  If you will know your results in the next day or two, you can tell her your results.  If the results should take longer, you should inform you GF she has been exposed to either gonorrhea or chlamydia as soon as possible and that it is recommended that she be treated as soon as possible, even before she has testing or test results are available.  The intent of this rapid treatment, based on her exposure is to prevent her from having complications and to make sure she does not pass the infection on to others. 

I hope this comment is helpful. EWH
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30 months ago
Hello Dr,

Thanks for your awnser. Yes of course I have told her and she is worried sick she has booked an appointment for the day after tomorrow as she is currently travelling . The problem i am having is the stigma attached to giving her at STI. I have been told that even if I have it it is very unlikely she will have caught it because it was so soon after my first exposure. I couldn’t live with myself knowing I have given her something. What are the chances her test will come back negative?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
30 months ago
Depending on the infection, about 40% of women will be infected following exposure to an infected partner following intercourse.  Whether infected or no, she should be treated.  Importantly, I need to point out to you that most STIs are transmitted by persons who do not know that they are infected.  Things happen and you have done the right thing by notifying her.  What is important is to do things to keep her safe and that is to make sure she is treated- and the sooner the better.  EWH
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