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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV is a retrovirus that attacks CD4 lymphocytes, affecting your body’s ability to fight off infection. Severe immunodeficiency results in various types of opportunistic infection.
HIV ELISA (Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay or EIA)
The HIV ELISA test is looking for your immune system’s defense against HIV infection. Although, the recommended window period (waiting period) for this test is 3 months from exposure, it can be used before 3 months as a good indicator. The HIV DNA PCR can be much more effective in ruling out recent exposure.
The Proviral DNA by Polymerase Chain Reaction is a more advanced testing method commonly used to rule out recent exposure (before three months). From the time of exposure, this test has been known to detect infection as early as 5 to 7 days after infection, though it is not conclusive until 28 days.
Recent Exposure If you or someone you know has had a significant recent exposure it is important that you talk with us or someone else educated on the potential benefits of PEP (post exposure prophylaxis). Recent research suggests immediate treatment could have a significant impact on your long term health. Some experts even believe it may be possible for immediate treatment to actually reverse or prevent infection. We also offer advanced antigen testing that can rule out infection 28 days from your contact. Even if your exposure was just a few days ago, we can help you. We can evaluate your individual risk, and discuss early testing and treatment options.
Who should be tested: (including but not limited to) men having sex with other men, women with bisexual male partners, drug users that have shared needles, sex workers, recipients of blood or blood products, partner of someone infected, those recently diagnosed with another STD, child born to positive mother, those with multiple sex partners, individuals with other miscellaneous blood exposures, anyone rejected from a blood bank, current or former residents of correctional facilities and their partners. Find out if you need Testing.
Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus or HSV)
is a very common viral infection that can cause painful blisters, or a cluster of blisters, usually on or near the site of infection. Oral outbreaks are usually caused by HSV type 1, and genital outbreaks are usually caused by HSV type 2. Type 1 or Type 2 genital herpes is almost always transmitted sexually, or from mother to child during labor.
Who should be tested: (including but not limited to) One in four adults has genital herpes. It is extremely common therefore if you’ve had protected or unprotected sex, whether you are with or without symptoms, you should be tested. Testing is strongly recommended if you are pregnant, have had multiple sex partners, or have or had a partner with genital herpes. Find out if you need Testing.
is an extremely common bacterial infection that can cause burning with urination and abnormal genital discharge in men and women. Although if caught early, it is usually easily treated, due to frequent lack of symptoms, infection often goes undiagnosed. If undiagnosed and untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, and is a common cause of infertility. Find out if you need Testing.
Gonorrhea (Neisseria Gonorrhoeae)
is a bacterium that can cause urethritis, epididymitis, prostatitis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Although infection does not always produce symptoms, it can cause burning with urination, discharge, pelvic pain, and spotting between periods. Usually infection is easily treated, but without treatment it can cause more serious complications, such as infertility in men and women. Find out if you need Testing.
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
causes liver inflammation. Symptoms include nausea, jaundice, and diarrhea. Most people with HBV do not have symptoms. However, chronic disease can cause cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and kidney disorders. It is commonly transmitted sexually, through blood exposure, and from mother-to-child.
Who should be tested: (including but not limited to) men having sex with men, women with bisexual male partners, current or former residents of correctional facilities and their partners, drug users that have shared needles, sex workers, travelers to high risk areas, recipient of blood or blood products, health care workers, caretakers/roommates/family members/partners of someone infected, those recently diagnosed with another STD, those with multiple sex partners, individuals with other miscellaneous blood exposures, individuals with unexplained liver and kidney problems, or elevated liver enzymes. Find out if you need Testing.
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
formerly known as non-A non-B hepatitis, HCV is often referred to as the “silent killer, due to its lack of symptoms. Those that show symptoms report fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice. Chronic HCV can result in cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and renal failure. It is commonly transmitted through blood exposure, but can be transmitted sexually.
Who should be tested: (including but not limited to) healthcare workers, sex workers, partner or caretaker of person with HCV, drug users that have shared needles, recipients of blood or blood products, babies born to infected mothers, individuals with other miscellaneous blood exposures, unexplained liver and kidney problems, or elevated liver enzymes including individuals with multiple tattoos or body piercings. Find out if you need Testing.
is an infection caused by a bacterium known as Treponema pallidum. Symptoms vary with each of the three stages, but common symptoms are a painless ulcer, or chancre, and a penny-like rash usually on the palms and bottom of the feet. If diagnosed early enough, treatment is easy and effective. However, undiagnosed syphilis can lead to serious health conditions, and in rare cases even death. Find out if you need Testing.
Scabies (Sarcopetes scabei)
is a parasite that causes a very contagious skin infection. Signs of infection are visible bumps and burrows on the skin that itch severely. The rash looks like a series of small wavy lines and dots. It often begins on the genitals, wrists, webs of the fingers, and places where clothing is tight on the body, such as the waist.
is a skin infection that causes harmless skin lesions. The lesions are often pimple like, and flesh colored but can be white, yellow, or pink. Lesions are highly contagious, and transmitted from skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms may resolve on their own, or can be treated with topical creams or liquid nitrogen.
sometimes referred to as crabs, are caused by a tiny parasite called Phthirus pubis. Signs include mild to severe genital itching, but sometimes may not itch at all. Lice are sometime visible. This can be transmitted sexually, or during contact with bedding or clothing. Treatment for this condition can be done with a doctor or with an over the counter topical cream.
Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
is a virus that often causes genital warts. Genital warts are extremely common painless flesh colored bumps found on or around the genital area. Genital warts can be treated but can return, and can increase the risk of cervical cancer.
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