STI Testing & Treatment

We provide services for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, syphilis, HIV, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, genital warts, and herpes. We will dispense medication or provide a written prescription for most of the infections we diagnose. If needed, we will refer for specialty treatment. We typically charge $20 for full STD testing including dispensed medications if they are needed.

We test and treat sexually transmitted infections for all individuals regardless of age, sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and faith/religious beliefs.  Our services are confidential, evidence-based, and client focused. Our medical staff are committed, board certified professionals here to serve you. 

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Symptoms that may be due to an STI.

  • Small bumps, lesions near the vagina, penis, rectum, or thighs
  • Unusual vaginal odor
  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Unusual vaginal, penile or rectal discharge

We Test For:

Trichomonas

(a.k.a. “trich”)

  • Caused by the parasite trichomonas vaginalis.
  • Considered the most common curable STD
  • Most individuals with trichomonas do not have symptoms. But, they can still give it to others
  • Without treatment, it can increase the risk of getting or spreading other STDs.
  • Three month reinfection rate ~ 20%
  • Pregnant women with trichomonas can deliver premature or low birth weight babies
  • Infection is more common in women than in men.

How is trichomonas transmitted?

  • Vaginal/penile or vaginal/vaginal sex
  • Uncommonly, oral or anal sex and transmission by the hands

How do we test for it?

  • Microscopic Exam

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV infection has been in the U.S. since mid-1970’s
Spreads through body fluids; it affects specific cells of the immune system (CD4 or T cells)
Over time, HIV weakens the immune system making it difficult to fight infection and disease. When this happens, HIV leads to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
HIV infection is not curable.
Approximately 16% of persons with HIV do not know they are infected; they can still transmit the virus to others.
At the end of 2010, an estimated 489,121 (56% of persons living with HIV were MSM or MSM who use injection drugs.

How is HIV transmitted?

  • When mucous membranes*, damaged tissue, or blood vessels come in direct contact with certain body fluids** of an infected person

               * in the rectum, vagina, end of the penis, and mouth. 

              ** blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid, rectal and vaginal fluid, and breast milk              

  • In the U.S., HIV is spread two primary ways:

1) Unprotected vaginal or anal sex with someone who has HIV

    •  Anal sex is highest-risk sexual behavior, particularly receptive anal sex
    • Other HIV risk factors: having another STI and having multiple sex partners

2) Sharing needles or other injection equipment

  • HIV is not spread by:
    • Air or water
    • Insects, including mosquitoes or ticks
    • Saliva, tears, or sweat
    • Shaking hands or sharing dishes
    • Closed-mouth or “social” kissing
    • Toilet seats

How do we test for it?

  •  Blood draw (venipuncture)

Syphilis

  • Caused by bacteria Treponema pallidum
  • The “great imitator” – symptoms can be indistinguishable from other diseases
  • Can be treated with antibiotics
  • Early clinical signs (primary and secondary stages) primarily involve the skin
  • Syphilis progresses in stages; may become chronic if untreated.

 

How is syphilis transmitted?

  • Vaginal, anal, or oral sex by direct contact with a syphilitic sore, or chancre. Chancres occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or rectum; may occur on the lips & mouth
  • From infected pregnant women to baby during childbirth

How do we test for it?

  •  Blood draw (venipuncture

Chlamydia

  • Caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Can be cured with antibiotics
  • Many people with chlamydia (90% of males, 70-95% of females) do not have symptoms
  • Infects the female reproductive tract; can cause permanent damage to the reproductive tract; can cause life-threatening complications if a pregnancy develops outside the uterus
  • Can infect the male urethra (inside penis) and prostate gland
  • Can infect the anus, the eyes, and infrequently, the throat
  • Untreated chlamydia increases the risk of getting HIV from someone else
  • How is chlamydia transmitted?
  • Vaginal, penile, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner
  • Male ejaculation not needed to transmit chlamydia
  • In children, through sexual abuse
  • From infected, untreated mother to baby

How do we test for it?

  •  Vaginal Swab and/or Urine

Gonorrhea

  • Caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Can be cured (although there is some antibiotic resistance)
  • Can infect entire female reproductive tract, urethra, eyes, anus, throat, and mouth
  • May cause serious complications when not treated
  • Most women have very mild, or no symptoms
  • Men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms

 

How is gonorrhea transmitted?

  • Oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected partner
  • Ejaculation does not have to occur to transmit gonorrhea to a female.
  • During childbirth, mother to infant

How do we test for it?

  •  Vaginal Swab and/or Urine

Bacterial Vaginosis

  • BV is caused when too much of certain bacteria upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.
  • Many women with BV have no symptoms.  Some notice a thin white or gray vaginal discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning in the vagina.
  • BV may increase the risk of getting HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea if you have sex with someone who has one of these infections
  • Pregnant women with BV are more likely to have babies who are born prematurely or with low birth weight.

How is BV transmitted?

  • It is unclear what causes BV.  It is linked to an imbalance of “good” and “harmful” bacteria that are normally found in a woman’s vagina.
  • A new sex partner or multiple sex partners and douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina and put a female at increased risk for getting BV.
  • Women who have never had sex can also get BV.

How do we test for BV?

  • BV is diagnosed through physical exam combined with a microscopic exam of vaginal fluid

No Symptoms?

Don’t guess. Test!

  • Had genital, oral, or anal sex with inconsistent condom use
  • Had genital, oral, or anal sex with more than one person and no testing in the    past year
  • Been treated for chlamydia or gonorrhea in the past 3-6 months (get re-tested)
  • Binge drink or use drugs in connection with sex
  • Exchange sex for money or drugs and vice versa
  • Partner is HIV-infected, bisexual, or uses injection drugs
  • Had unprotected sex with someone whose history you don’t know
  • Partner has had more than one partner
  • Have been sexually active in the past but never tested