NEED TESTS FOR BOTH SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA?
You also need to be treated for gonorrhea separately. Penicillin does not treat gonorrhea and similar to syphilis, those exposed to gonorrhea should be treated regardless of test results.
It's too bad that once your doctor knew you had unprotected sex with someone who had an STD, he didn't suggest the entire course of STD testing. At San Francisco City Clinic, the provider would have talked to you about your sexual experiences and together you could have decided which tests would have been appropriate (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, etc.). At Magnet, a gay men's community center in the Castro, they offer men a complete sexual health tune-up.
You may also want to consider letting your other sex partners know they may have been exposed to an STD so you can play safely in the future. There's a new website available where you can send an e-card to your partners either anonymously or from your screen name at www.inSPOT.org.
To your health,
STD SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT ADVICE
Take care of yourself. Get regular STD check-ups every six months.