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STI Treatment (37)

I have been diagnosed with epididimytis and given ciproflaxacin. It doesnt seem to have cleared. I do not have chlamydia or ghonorea as i tested negative. Is there any tests to determine what is causing this and what antibiotic would be appropriate to use? Thank you.

Hi, and thank you for your question

I’m not sure where you got tested and treated, however in British Columbia the recommended treatment for epididymitis is cefixime and doxycycline. Treatment with ciprofloxacin is supported by the Canadian guidelines.

If your symptoms are persisting, I would revisit your care provider. Further assessment may be required, including a referral to a specialist to rule out other causes of your symptoms, especially given that your chlamydia and gonorrhea tests were negative. 

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

I had unprotected sex with a women (I am a male) and was contacted by her the next day – and she informed me she had chlamydia. I immediately went to a walk-in clinic and was informed that it could take about 72 hours to show up on the current STI tests. The doctor said that since I had been exposed to Chlamydia and couldn’t get checked within the following few days-week he would treat me and then I was to go and get checked after. I was treated with 1G azithromycin approximately 36 hours after this potential exposure. My question is: was this too early to treat? (Ie. If I did contract chlamydia – was treating this too early, or would this treatment have been successful?) I also haven’t been se ally active since. Thank you

Hello and thank you for your question.

That is great that you went directly to a clinic for treatment once you were named as a contact to a case of Chlamydia.  It is true that if it was only 36 hours after the potential exposure it would have likely been too early for the Chlamydia to show up positive on an STI test as the test is checking for your body’s antibody response to the bacteria and that time interval wouldn’t have given the body enough time to build enough of an immune response to be detectable on the test.  That said, treatment is appropriate at this time as the antibiotic it will still kill off the Chlamydia bacteria.  Please hold off from having sex for 7 days after treatment as it takes that long for all of the bacteria to be killed.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

I was taking the pills for chlamydia, and i missed my 2nd pill, 2 days in a row. I still continued to take the pills. Does that mean i’m not clear. Or since i kept taking them, i’m good?

Hi there, thank you for your question

As long as you finish all 14 pills and do your best to take a pill twice a day for the remaining duration of treatment you should be fine. There will be no need to re-treat. If you are concerned, you can return to the clinic for a “test of cure” 4 weeks after you started the treatment, to make sure the infection is gone.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questionsor concerns.
Health Nurse

I’m finishing my 7 day since I got a shot from a Doctor and 4 pills I had the next day that were prescribed. Can I have sex today?

Hi, thanks for your question

Yes, you can have sex today! BUT if the person that you’re going to have sex with was a partner from before you got treatment, make sure they took the treatment and waited for 7 days before sex as well!

If you have sex with an ongoing partner that has not been treated for the infection, you will likely get it back again.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

I took the sti medication within 10 hours and i slept with someone already i am still gonna get cured after seven days

Hi, and thanks for your question

Waiting 7 days after taking the medication for a sexually transmitted infection is necessary to get rid of the infection in your body. During that time, you can still transmit the infection to your partners. If you were to then have sex with the same partner beyond that 7 day period, there is a very good chance that person could give the infection back to you, since many STIs are pretty easily passed.

For this reason it is important that you get any STIs treated appropriately and that any ongoing partners also get tested and take the treatment right away to avoid the infection going back and forth between the two of you.

At this point, the person you had sex with after you took the medication, should get treatment for the STI and you both should wait until seven days after treatment before having sex.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

My partner knew she has gonerrhea and without telling me passed on to me. What can I do I’m sure she’s given to other men before we left bc we in Ontario now

Hi, and thanks for writing in with your question

The most important thing is for you to make sure you get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to ensure that you take the treatment as a contact to a gonorrhea infection. It’s important to wait for 7 days after you take the treatment before having sex with anyone to ensure the infection is completely gone.

If you are still with your partner, it is also important that she also took the treatment for the gonorrhea infection. Even if you both took the treatment, waiting for 7 days before having sex again is important to make sure the infection doesn’t persist and continue to go back and forth between the two of you.

With regards to possible other partners, the testing provider will have had a conversation with your partner about informing any additional partners to get tested and treated. There is nothing you need to do on her behalf.

If you had a positive gonorrhea result from your testing, then the doctor or nurse that did your tests should have a conversation with you about informing any of your other partners from the previous 2 months as well.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

How much does HIV treatment cost in Canada without insurance? How much in BC?

Each province and territory in Canada has a different program for subsidizing drug costs for their residents. These programs have different criteria for who is eligible for coverage, how much the province or territory will pay and what drugs are covered. The programs may be complicated to understand without the help of your local AIDS service organization. Generally, the publicly funded provincial and territorial drug programs offer coverage for people on social assistance (“welfare”) and for seniors over the age of 65. Some provinces issue cards to show to your pharmacist that prove you are entitled to this type of coverage.

In British Columbia, antiretroviral medications and other drugs for management of HIV/AIDS are provided at no cost to medically eligible patients through the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) Drug Treatment Program.  The following criteria are eligible to access medications for treatment of HIV infection through enrolment into the BC-CfE HIV Drug Treatment Program:
Documented HIV infection and clinically meets the current criteria for treatment with antiretroviral medication (as specified in the BC-CfE Therapeutic Guidelines)


BC resident with Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage (active BC Personal Health Number) or Interim Federal Health coverage (e.g. refugee status) or active medical plan coverage from another Canadian Province, for temporary coverage pending active MSP coverage.

If you were to buy antiretroviral medication out of pocket it can range anywhere from $300-$500 Canadian dollars per month which is determined by the market price listed by the pharmaceutical companies.
For more information regarding how to obtain HIV medication in British Columbia please visit the BC Centre for Excellence’s website at http://cfenet.ubc.ca/drug-treatment-program.

Hi me and my gf tested positive for Chlamydia and we were both given Azithromycin. It’s been 7 days but I’m still experiencing a little bit of clear discharge from my penis. Is it okay for us to have sex or should I wait until the discharge is gone?

Hi, and thanks for your question.
As long as you both took the Azithromycin and waited for 7 days, you should be fine to resume having sex. It can take a bit of time for discharge to clear completely, but the infection itself will be gone. If the discharge doesn’t clear completely in the next couple of weeks, you might want to see your testing provider for further assessment and follow up

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

I’ve have oral gonorrhea I’ve had it for over a year but i wasn’t sure what it was and was to embarrassed to talk about it my throat is really bothering me and is swollen can my symptoms be reversed?

Hi there,
Thanks for writing.
Gonorrhea is curable with antibiotics. Did you get treatment for it? You should have been given treatment from the place where you got your gonorrhea test. If you have not returned to pick-up the medication since getting your results, then I would recommend going to get the treatment.
The antibiotics are very easy to take, and the infection will be gone in seven days following treatment.
We do not generally hear about people having symptoms such as sore throat which gonorrhea. Even when we find gonorrhea in the throat through a swab test, it is almost always asymptomatic.
If you’ve been treated for gonorrhea, and continue to have symptoms of a sore throat, then I would recommend going to see another healthcare provider in-person. Many common infections can create a sore throat, for example strep throat and staph infections.
Lastly, we would not expect gonorrhea to live for year in the throat. The tissues in the throat are not the preferred tissues for gonorrhea, and it tends to be quite transient in that part of the body. I wouldn’t assume you’ve had it for a year.
Hope this helps!
Please feel free to submit another question as needed.
Health Nurse

Ya hay I think I have HPV but I have no idea where to go ? To get treated


I take it that with HPV you mean that you are asking about having genital warts treated. Let me know if I got that wrong.

In BC Canada you can get genital warts treated at most clinics e.g. family doctors, walk in clinics etc.. The health professional you see will either have products they can use in the clinic or they will write you a prescription for a product you can purchase from a pharmacy to use at home.

Have a look at our HPV and Genital Warts page for additional information on HPV.

Let us know if you need help finding a clinic in your area or if you have any more questions.

Health Nurse