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HIV and STI Testing

HIV Testing

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is transmitted through sexual contact.  To be safe, Family Health Services recommends all men and women:

  • Get tested often
  • Practice safe sex by using a latex condom every time you have sex
  • Only after both partners have been tested and the results are negative should a couple consider sex without a condom.
  • If you are considering entering into a monogamous relationship, both of you should get tested before having sex without using a condom.

Testing

Testing is easy. A simple finger-poke blood test will have preliminary results within 15 minutes. If the results are reactive, you’ll be referred on to receive a blood draw for a more advanced test that can confirm the results.

Prevention

For men and women, no matter whether you have sex with a woman or a man or both, the man should wear a latex condom every time you have sex.

STI Testing

Family Health Services encourages individuals that are sexually active to have safe sex. For men and women, no matter whether you have sex with a woman or a man or both, the man should wear a latex condom every time you have sex.

If you are considering entering a monogamous relationship (where you have both promised to not have sex with other people), both of you should get tested before having sex without a condom.

Testing

A urine test can detect gonorrhea and chlamydia, and takes 5-7 days to get results. In some cases, a physical examination might be necessary to confirm the diagnosis and recommend treatment.  For HIV testing, a finger poke blood test will provide results.

Some signs and symptoms of STI’s include:

  • painful/burning urination
  • itchiness
  • bumps
  • rashes
  • blisters
  • warts
  • unusual discharge that often has an odor.

Many STI’s (including HIV) do not have any signs or symptoms.

Treatments for STI’s are also available in our office. Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment might include a prescription oral medication, shot or cream.