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Doctors are Overprescribing Antibiotics for Possible STDs. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.

There are a number of factors that prevent doctors from correctly diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases.

First, there’s the fact that many people may have STDs without presenting symptoms, meaning STD tests aren’t ordered and performed.

Second, there are individuals who may suspect an STD, but might be too embarrassed to ask their primary healthcare provider about their symptoms.

Third, there are cases when other infections, like urinary tract infections, can be mistaken for an STD — and when treatment is provided, it actually affects a patient’s ability to fight off any future STDs.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the third phenomenon.

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