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Tested Negative for STDs, But My Symptoms Are Not Getting Better

Published: February 27, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My doctors seem a bit lost, so I am reaching to the internet. So I am a sexually active college student, and a while back I started noticing a discharge from my penis (following a sexually active weekend). I went in and got STD tested, and the doctor put me on antibiotics. The STD tests came back clean. The discharge went away, but the discomfort and pain in my penis has kind of stuck around. I went back to the doctor and they put me on some sort of antibiotic pill that I only needed to take for a day, and it seemed to help for a little bit. The pain in my groin area never really went away. I have had sex once since then, and got STD tested again (which also came back clean). The past month however my symptoms have only gotten worse. Now my lower back and abdomen/kidneys hurt, my balls hurt, and I still get pain in my penis. My urine got a bit cloudy so I went to see the doctor again again. He gave me some antibiotics for prostasis, which I have just concluded taking, and they have not helped... I have another appointment scheduled for next week but... any ideas? Please help.
Signed: Tested Negative for STDs, But My Symptoms Are Not Getting Better

Dear Tested Negative for STDs, But My Symptoms Are Not Getting Better,

TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear that you are having continued pain. The best course of action right now is to keep that follow-up appointment with your doctor given this last round of antibiotics didn't improve your symptoms. If your doctor still thinks it is prostatitis, there is such thing as non-bacterial prostatitis that is due to inflammation rather than bacteria so it responds to anti-inflammatories rather than antibiotics. However, your doctor is the best one to give you an accurate diagnosis. If your doctor is at a loss of where to go from here or if you want a second opinion, you could make an appointment with a urologist as they specialize in the urinary tract and male reproductive tract. TeenHealthFX would also recommend that you abstain from sex until you figure out exactly what is going on, especially if you are having continued pain. Hopefully the cause can be figured out soon so you can receive treatment that will alleviate your symptoms.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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