What is the risk for concurrent STDs in patients with urethritis?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Patients with a prior history of STDs are at an increased risk of contracting another STD. Concurrent STDs may also occur. A high level of suspicion for other more sinister STDs, such as syphilis and HIV infection, should be maintained. In addition, urethritis can increase viral shedding of HIV and can increase the likelihood of transmission.


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