Cautionary tales - Dr Naomi Harris

STRANGELY enough it seems that while we consider cautionary tales to often originate from our early years as a doctor, I ran into one about four months ago, disappointingly, involving a common pitfall that I warn my medical students about on a daily basis.

One evening a 34-year-old female patient came in to see me. She was university educated, currently completing postgraduate studies, professionally employed and very well spoken.

Her principal complaint was that she had six weeks of light brown, odorous vaginal discharge, supra pubic pain