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Often men are quick to assume that they would know if they had an STD (sexually transmitted disease); unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Many STDs cause symptoms while others don’t. In most cases, the symptoms are easily mistaken for other conditions including common yeast infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs). Knowing the signs and symptoms of common STDs and understanding the risks associated with sexual activity will help you limit your exposure and help you understand treatment if an infection occurs. You can make an appointment to get tested for STDs at EZCare Clinic and see a doctor for any signs or symptoms you may be experiencing.

What is penile discharge?

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Penile discharge is a condition in which fluid collects in the urethra as a result of an infection. The urethra is the tube through which urine and semen pass from the body. This material can be hardly noticeable or impossible to ignore. It can appear watery and transparent or opaque and cloudy containing pus and occasionally even blood. The odor may be unpleasant or not noticeable at all. It is easy to understand why this condition is so confusing for the average person considering the difference in the appearance of the discharge. Penile discharge is one of many signs of a more significant problem and should always be evaluated by a physician.

Causes of penile discharge

Several conditions can cause penile discharge. Urinary Tract or yeast infections are often the underlying factor and can be accompanied by pain or a burning sensation during urination as well as the need for frequent urination. These types of infection are generally easy to treat and with the proper medications, curable. Unfortunately, there are also several STDs that can result in this unwanted condition. The type of STD will determine treatment, but if caught early, almost all can be treated as well.

Urinary Tract Infections

Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) that is naturally present in our bodies. An infection occurs when the bacterium enters the urinary tract through the urethra. While men of all ages can get a UTI, it is more common among older men due to a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland called benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition causes the prostate to wrap around the bladder where it connects to the urethra making it harder for urine to pass. Bacteria that is typically flushed out with the urine is retained inside the bladder allowing it to grow.

Urinary Tract Infections

Other factors that increase your risk for UTIs in Men

  • Diabetes
  • Being uncircumcised
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Immobility
  • Dehydration or not drinking enough fluids
  • Engaging in anal intercourse which exposes the urethra to more bacteria

If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, it is necessary to drink plenty of fluids to increase urination levels. Urination will help flush the bacteria from your system. Antibiotics should be prescribed as well. It is always a good practice to take all the medications that your doctor prescribes. Discontinuing an antibiotic early encourages the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Occasionally, people will recommend drinking cranberry juice to eliminate a UTI or to speed up the recovery. While there have been promising experiments with mice that suggested cranberry juice is helpful, this method is unproven.

Penile discharge is only one of the symptoms that can be present with a UTI. Others can include burning during urination, lower back pain and the frequent urge to go to the bathroom. If any of these symptoms are present, consultation with a physician is recommended.

Yeast Infections

Candida yeasts are commonly found on the penis even though approximately only 37 percent of men with the yeast develop an infection. Unlike vaginal yeast infections, infections in men are usually, but not always, the result of sexual activity. To put it bluntly, the man has had sex with someone who is suffering from a yeast infection. However, it is important to note that this type of infection is not considered an STD because men can get the infection without having sex as well.  Antibiotics, Diabetes, immune-suppressing illness (especially HIV) and the use of corticosteroids can increase a man’s chances of getting a yeast infection. Men who have never been circumcised also have a higher risk than those who have had the procedure. Common symptoms of a yeast infection in men are redness, swelling, rash-like bumps that may contain pus, pain during urination or sex, discharge, unpleasant odor and burning or itching around the head of the penis that worsens after having sex.

Like yeast infections in women, penile yeast infections are easily treated with antifungal drugs. There are also several over-the-counter and prescription based topical medicines that are effective in treating yeast infections. If you believe you have a yeast infection, but over-the-counter medications are not sufficient, a doctor’s visit is necessary.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If your penile discharge isn’t caused by a UTI or yeast infection, the cause may be one of a more personal nature. Symptoms of several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include penile discharge. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common STDs in men with an estimated one to four million new cases diagnosed each year. Both infections can cause serious health concerns especially when left untreated. Because penile discharge is not considered to be a typical occurrence, medical advice should be sought for this condition.

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences symptoms with an STD until the disease is in advanced stages. If you are sexually active, yearly screenings are recommended to ensure your health and to prevent the spread of infections. The only way to completely avoid an STD is to refrain from all types of sexual activity, vaginal, anal and oral. Condoms and dental dams or barriers are proven to be an appropriate means of prevention, though not as effective as abstinence, but only when used correctly. To further help limit exposure to STDs, refrain from having sex with multiple partners or with anyone who has open sores, lesions, a rash or who has been diagnosed with an STD.

Support and Testing

If you live in the San Francisco area and are experiencing any penile discharge, call EZCare Clinic today. Our medical team is knowledgeable in treating delicate situations such as this. Whether you are sexually active or not, EZCare clinic can accurately diagnose your condition and offer effective treatment and prevention methods. Penile discharge, like any other medical condition, is no reason for embarrassment. Our facility is standing by to provide expert, confidential care. Appointments are appreciated but not necessary. You can walk-in, or reach us at (415) 966-0848 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week.


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From the beginning of time man has been plagued with epidemics associated with sexual conduct although the public perception has changed somewhat over time. Reportedly mentioned in the Old Testament, diseases of this nature were considered to be an individual’s punishment for immoral sins. However, due to advancements in microbiology and chemistry in the late 19th and early 20th century, the threat of disease from sexual contact was brought to the forefront of modern day medicine and became an important public health issue. While there are still many misconceptions to change, STD’s and the public’s knowledge of them have evolved by removing any stigmatism associated with a diagnosis. San Francisco STD Clinic.

Sexually Transmitted Disease. Evolving terminology

During the early ’70s, sexually transmitted diseases were commonly referred to as Venereal Diseases or VD. Venereal diseases are caused by microorganisms that can survive on the skin or in mucous membranes. They can be transmitted via semen, vaginal secretions or blood during intercourse. Bacteria, viruses, and yeasts have the ability to thrive in the moist, warm environment of the genital area. Despite being untrue, over time the term became synonymous with individuals who were promiscuous and lacked moral standards thus making most individuals embarrassed to request any type of testing.

Additionally, the name venereal disease seemed only to include individuals who practiced vaginal sex. The result created a scenario where individuals were unknowingly putting themselves at risk while engaging in other types of sexual contact, specifically oral sex. To help combat this social misconception, medical professionals decided to define diseases associated with any sexual behavior as an STD or sexually transmitted disease. Once again, knowledge of STDs and how they affect each person has made further clarification a necessity.  

What is the difference between STI and STD.

STD’s vs. STI’s

A medical condition where normal body functions or structures are disrupted is a disease. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is the most common term used for individuals who have been infected via sexual contact. Unfortunately, that’s where the misunderstanding comes into play. Even though someone was exposed doesn’t mean they will experience any symptoms nor will it always develop into a disease. The more modern term sexually transmitted infection (STI) was chosen to make that clarification.

Often, an infection is the first step of the disease process and occurs when either bacteria or viruses enter the body and begin multiplying. When you are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection, it means that an individual has been infected but that it has not developed into a disease. Some infections may never become a disease if they receive prompt treatment. Once the infection becomes a disease, then the terminology changes and STD is once again used. An example of this distinction could be the human papillomavirus (HPV). Usually, women who have HPV do not develop any symptoms although they carry the virus. If the infection is detected upon testing, she would be diagnosed with an STI. If the HPV develops into cervical cancer, a disease, her diagnosis will then change to a sexually transmitted disease.

Once again it seems that the term commonly used to describe someone who has been infected with a sexually transmitted disease has become a source of embarrassment. To help eliminate the negative connotation attached to the term, most doctors, and health care professionals are now using sexually transmitted infection as the preferred diagnosis. Additionally, the stigma of having an infection as opposed to a disease is generally preferable and less likely to trigger specific adverse psychological effects.

STD Testing San Francisco

STD Clinic San Francisco

Compliance to the screening and testing guidelines provided by the CDC is one of the best ways to prevent infection. Since many STIs produce no symptoms at all, individuals may not know they are infected. Bacterial infections usually can easily be cured with STD antibiotics if they are caught early. Unfortunately, untreated infections can cause dangerous long-term health conditions such as cancers, infertility and even death.

Testing for STDs and STIs is dependent upon the type of sexual intercourse. Blood and urine samples are always completed, but throat and anal swabs may also be necessary if you participate in oral or anal sex. Discuss your sexual habits with your physician to ensure that proper testing is completed. Omitting pertinent information can result in a missed diagnosis or ineffective treatment. Visit EzCare Medical STD Clinic for STD treatment and testing in San Francisco. Schedule STD appointment here.

Ways to prevent STIs and STDs.

The only sure way to prevent STIs or STDs is not to have sex. If you and your partner have decided to engage in any form of sexual activity, the next best option is to follow a specific set of rules. The first rule, of course, would be complete honesty. Knowing the complete sexual history of your partner will help you make an informed decision. Next and probably just as important as knowing each other’s sexual history is to know the status of any testing. If none has been done, it is strongly advised that each seek a medical professional to conduct any appropriate testing. If the tests are negative, your doctor may recommend you to wait six months before engaging in any activity.

While latex condoms are recommended to prevent the spread of diseases as well as limit the chance of an unwanted pregnancy, there is no guarantee. It is essential that any options be discussed with a qualified medical professional.

Services provided by EZCare Clinic

EZCare Clinic is a multi-specialty practice serving the San Francisco area. With numerous physicians, clinicians, therapists, and their support staff all specializing in different areas of health, you can rest assured that your complete healthcare needs are being met. Dedicated to offering non-judgemental and confidential patient care, EZCare Medical Clinic should be your number one choice when seeking medical treatment. Although we encourage patients to schedule an appointment, they are not required. Walk-in patients are accepted. Call today or stop by our dedicated staff is here to help you navigate any health concern. Click here to schedule an appointment for STD treatment


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