What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of urethritis?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Administer antibiotics to patients with positive Gram stain or culture results and to all sexual partners of those patients, regardless of symptoms. Also treat patients with negative Gram stain results and a history consistent with urethritis who are not likely to return for follow-up and/or are likely to continue transmitting infection (eg, prostitutes, persons who abuse drugs, homeless persons). The latter group may best be served with single-dose therapies (see below).


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