The Singapore Family Physician
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THE MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS PRESENTING WITH GENITAL DISCHARGE
The Singapore Family Physician Vol 39 No 1 - Sexual Health
27 - 39
1 January 2013
The approach to the management of genital discharge in men and women differ due to the varying presentations and aetiologies for each. In women, non-sexually transmitted causes are typically, physiological, bacterial vaginosis and candidiasis. In men, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are the most frequent causes of urethritis. A thorough history and examination should be conducted as they provide a guide to diagnosis and treatment. Investigations are particularly important in women to confirm or exclude sexually transmitted infections which are often asymptomatic. Where a sexually transmitted infection is suspected, patients should be counselled regarding abstaining until treatment completion, notification and treatment of sex partners to reduce onward transmission and re-infection, and safe sex practices.