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My boyfriend has jst been diagonised of staphylococcus aereus please I want to know the dangers and the solutions also when am due to go for my own test.

Hi

Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a common bacteria that many people have on their skin or in their nose. Up to 25% of people will have the bacteria and for most people it does not cause any symptoms or concerns.

In certain situations people can develop staph infections of the skin or the respiratory tract for example sinus infections. A common way that people can get skin staph infections is if the skin gets broken and the bacteria on the skin gets into the wound. Cleaning any new wounds and washing your hands before and after touching a wound will help prevent staph infections. Staph infections can be treated with antibiotics.

We don’t consider staphylococcus aureus to be a sexually transmitted infection but at the same time it is something that is passed from skin to skin contact. I am not sure what type of staph infection your boyfriend has but I can give some general suggestions. If your boyfriend has a skin infection I would recommend not coming in direct contact with the wound and have your boyfriend wash his hands and cover the wound if possible.

Hand washing is a good way to prevent staph infections passing to other parts of your body or to someone else.

In regard to testing for staph this really depends on what type of staph infection your boyfriend has and if you are getting any symptoms. I would just recommend talking with your boyfriend’s health care professional to see if they recommend anything for you. In most situations they would not do any testing for partners who do not have any symptoms.

In regard to testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI), this really depends on your own situation. STI are common and most people do not get symptoms, have a look at our page on when to test for suggestions on when to get a STI test.
 

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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on July 3, 2014

Community comments

walubad says:

Good day

My friend taught she had thrush,t for test the result show Staph spp, what does this mean, is it STD or just UTI

Health Nurse says:

Staph infection is not a sexually transmitted infection.

movido says:

I don't have any sore nor boil and i have being diagnosed of staphylococcus aureus, how is it possible?

Health Nurse says:

Hi,

Thanks for your comment!

Many people will have staph on their skin without having any visible symptoms like sores or boils.

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common bacteria found on the skin. Staph can live on the skin of healthy persons, and often causes no symptoms at all. Staph on the skin can also overgrow and cause minor health issues.

Do you know why you got tested for staph? Usually we would only test if a person was having symptoms.

Hope this helps!

Please feel free to leave another comment.

jhvp says:

i feel pains in my right testicles, so i did a culture test for semen, stool and urine. my result claimed my urine was clean, but my stool was infected with E.coli and my semen was infected with staphilococcus aereus. i went to the doctor, he prescreibed some drugs to me and i also received injections for four different days. a day after the last injection (still on the drugs),i started feeling another pain in my left testicles again. please what is happening to me? wasnt i cured? is the pain in my testes not a symptom of the staph i have? what do i need to know.

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