ZocdocAnswersCan I pass bacteria to my girlfriend?

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Can I pass bacteria to my girlfriend?

if i have epididymitis, will bacteria be in my semen

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Epididymitis, as you know already, occurs when there is an inflammation of the coiled tube (epididymis) at the back of the testicle in which sperm matures and is stored. Causes of epididymitis range from infections to intake of certain medications. A bacterial infection is the most common cause of epididymitis. The most common cause of epididymitis in sexually active young men are chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (bacterial infections) which are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Therefore, you can definitely pass these bacteria from your epididymitis to your girlfriend. Men may also contact epididymitis from bacterial infections that may not be sexually transmitted. Examples are Mycobacteria tuberculosis, the cause of tuberculosis, and E. coli (or other bacteria that cause urinary tract infection). If the cause of your epididymitis is from these bacteria which are not sexually transmitted, obviously you cannot give them to your girlfriend. As well, non-infectious causes are also possible in which inflammation with obstruction may occur when there is a reflux of sterile (no bacteria present) urine through the ejaculatory ducts. If you haven't done already, it is important that both you and your girlfriend get checked out by a health care provider for sexual transmitted infections immediately. I would recommend a visit to a primary care doctor ASAP. Good luck.

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