The best way to protect the individuals in our community, and thus the health of the public as a whole is to vigilantly screen and test for these sexually transmitted infections in the population and treat them before they are transmitted to the next person. Protecting the public health is one of the main goals of Her Choice Women’s Clinic.
A bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) is syphilis. It is also easily treated with penicillin, if discovered early enough. Testing for syphilis is done via a blood test – called RPR or VDRL.
The two common viral venereal diseases (VD’s) are Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), which causes herpes, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The Herpes Simplex Virus causes small painful lesions, and is diagnosed by examination and blood testing. HIV is diagnosed by blood testing.
We offer testing for all of these sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, Herpes Simplex) in our medical clinic, and treatment for all except for HIV (which would need to be treated by a sub-specialist).