Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
There are a number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) caused by bacteria and viruses. The bacterial infections are usually successfully treated with antibiotics whereas the viral infections can be more challenging to treat.
STI can be divided into 3 broad categories: those that cause genital ulcers, those that cause penile/vaginal discharge, and other infections. It is important to do appropriate laboratory tests based on the infections that are most likely to be causing specific symptoms. This will help to minimize the cost of laboratory testing.