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"Is it ok to have protected sex with epididymitis?"
I got the infection from a UTI
Thank you for your question. I would recommend that you speak with your primary care physician for further management of your epididymitis. As you know, epididymitis refers to inflammation of the epididymis, a structure that lies over the testicle. In young men, epididymitis is generally caused by infections that are sexually transmitted, most commonly from either gonorrhea or chlamydia. These bacterial causes can be confirmed with a urine test, and if you have tested positive then it is important to notify all persons that you have had sex with in the past 60 days, as they may also require treatment. It is true that protected intercourse will minimize the risk of transmitting an STD (sexually-transmitted disease), but this is not 100% effective. The general recommendation is to abstain from sexual activity until both partners (if applicable) have completed the treatment course (usually antibiotics) and have remained symptom free for at least one week. This is important, as it is possible to pass these infections back and forth if one partner has not completely eradicated the source. Only after this has happened is it recommended to resume intercourse. As mentioned above, please discuss this matter with your primary care physician for further guidance. I hope that this has been helpful!
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