STD’s

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STD’s can pose a serious threat to your current and future sexual health.  If you are pregnant, it is especially important to know if you have an STD.  If you are experiencing any questionable symptoms, give us a call at 215-855-2424 to speak to a professional who can answer your questions. 

North Care Women’s Clinic provides free of charge STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common bacterial STD. Chlamydia can cause permanent damage to a female’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible to get pregnant. It can be contracted through any oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact, and can be passed onto a baby during childbirth.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating.

Treatment

Chlamydia can be detected by a urine test and cured by prescribed medication.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is another bacterial STD that causes infection. It can be contracted through any oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact, and can be passed onto a baby during childbirth.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating.

Treatment

Gonorrhea can be detected by a urine test and cured by prescribed medication.

HPV

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is the most common STD. It can be contracted through any oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact.

Symptoms

HPV typically has no symptoms.

Treatment

HPV tests are available to detect oncogenic types of HPV infection and are used in the context of cervical cancer screening and management or follow-up of abnormal cervical cytology or histology.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is an STD caused by two viruses. 1 out of every 6 people in the US have genital herpes. It can be contracted through any oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact, and can be passed on to a baby during childbirth. Miscarriage and premature birth may result from having genital herpes during pregnancy.

Symptoms

Most people have no or very few symptoms, but those who do have blisters or sores around infected areas or flu-like symptoms.

Treatment

There is no cure for genital herpes, but medication may be taken to decrease frequency and duration of the outbreak of symptoms.

Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term damage if not treated.  It can be contracted through any oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact, and can be passed onto a baby during childbirth.

Symptoms

There are several progressive stages of syphilis. Symptoms of the beginning stages include sores and rashes, first on infected areas then on secondary locations.

Treatment

Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics, which rid your body of the infection but do not reverse the damage. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to paralysis, blindness, or dementia.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common STD caused by the infection of a parasite. It can cause low birth weight or preterm delivery in pregnant women.

Symptoms

70% of people who have trichomoniasis have no symptoms, but those who do may experience itching, burning during urination, and abnormal discharge.

Treatment

Trichomoniasis can be cured with an antibiotic.

HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the bodies immune system. HIV is transferred through bodily fluids.

Symptoms

Flu-like symptoms

Treatment

Testing will detect if you have HIV. There is no cure, but the virus can be controlled. If left untreated it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by an infection by the Hepatitis B virus. It is spread through fecal-oral contact.

Symptoms

Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual feces and urine, joint pain and jaundice

Treatment

A blood test will can detect if you have Hepatitis B. There is no specific treatment available.

 

All information referenced from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

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