[Question #4400] Colchicine and the Immune System

31 months ago
Dr. Hook,

Just one last purely science based question.

I have Gout and have been taking colchicine daily for the past year to deal with it.

Colchicine basically supresses the way the immune system deals with pain and inflammation.

To the best of your knowledge would this drug in any way effect how quickly HPV Warts would appear and would this drug in any way effect test results for HSV2?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
30 months ago
I'm sorry, but this is excessive. You cannot go through life attributing every new itch, ache, or twinge to STDs, especially given the low risk of your supposed exposures. Taking colchicine is not known to have any effect on risk of catching any STD, frequency of symptoms, or how quickly symptoms (of HPV or anything else) might appear, or on HSV2 test results.

No discussion. No more questions from you on this forum, please. Experience shows that continuing to answer such anxiety driven questions only serves to prolong anxiety, not reduce it. We will not play that game. If you continue to be concerned, I would advise you to go back and re-read all the questions and replies you have had on the forum, and concentrate on each response.

HHH, MD
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