Thursday, June 16, 2016

The vast majority of ER patients who get antibiotics for a suspected STD actually don't have the disease, a new study shows.

To get a closer look at how often antibiotics were being unnecessarily prescribed for STDs in the ER, researchers examined the records of more than 1,100 patients who came in with symptoms indicative of gonorrhea or chlamydia. Cultures turned out to be negative in more than 75 percent of patients who got antibiotics during their visit, according to the study presented at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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