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Is gram positive cocci an STD?
Is gram positive diplococci or cocci an STD? Tested by utheral swab


"Gram positive cocci" means roundish bacteria that stain purple with the "Gram stain" they use before looking at the smear under the microscope. "Diplococci" means that they were in pairs.

Lots of bugs that normally live on the skin look like this, and you often find them on urethral swabs, too. They're likely to be normal.


As Lab Guy says, it's "gram negative intracellular diplococci" that are significant on a microscope slide. These are PINK-staining roundish bacteria in pairs inside white blood cells.

There's a high chance that bacteria with this appearance are gonococci, the bug that causes gonorrhoea.

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