Hepatitis B Information – Hepatitis Symptoms & Treatment

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about Hepatitis B

  • What is Hepatitis B?

    Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. It results from infection with the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

    Acute hepatitis B virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis B virus. Acute infection can — but does not always — lead to chronic infection.

    Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the hepatitis B virus remains in a person’s body.

  • What are the statistics for Hepatitis B?

    In 2006, there were an estimated 46,000 new hepatitis B virus infections in the United States. However, the official number of reported hepatitis B cases is much lower. Many people don’t know they are infected or may not have symptoms and therefore never seek the attention of medical or public health officials.

  • How common is chronic hepatitis B in the United States?

    In the United States, an estimated 800,000 to 1.4 million persons have chronic hepatitis B virus infection.

  • How is Hepatitis B transmitted?

    Hepatitis B is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the hepatitis B virus enters the body of a person who is not infected. People can become infected with the virus during activities such as:

    • Birth (spread from an infected mother to her baby during birth)
    • Sex with an infected partner
    • Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
    • Sharing items such as razors or toothbrushes with an infected person
    • Direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person
    • Exposure to blood from needlesticks or other sharp instruments.
  • What are the risk factors for transmission of Hepatitis B?

    Although anyone can get hepatitis B, some people are at greater risk, such as those who:

    • Have sex with an infected person
    • Have multiple sex partners
    • Have a sexually transmitted disease
    • Are men who have sexual contact with other men
    • Inject drugs or share needles, syringes, or other drug equipment
    • Live with a person who has chronic hepatitis B
    • Are infants born to infected mothers
    • Are exposed to blood on the job
    • Are hemodialysis patients
    • Travel to countries with moderate to high rates of hepatitis B
  • How do you prevent transmission of Hepatitis B?

    The best way to prevent hepatitis B is by getting the hepatitis B vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine is safe and effective and is usually given as 3-4 shots over a 6-month period.

  • What are the symptoms of Hepatitis B?

    Symptoms of acute hepatitis B, if they appear, can include:

    • Fever
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Dark urine
    • Clay-colored bowel movements
    • Joint pain
    • Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or the eyes)
  • What is the test for Hepatitis B?

    There are many different blood tests available to diagnose hepatitis B. They can be ordered as an individual test or as a series of tests. getSTDtested provides the following test:

    Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) is a protein on the surface of the hepatitis B virus. It can be detected in the blood during acute or chronic hepatitis B virus infection. The body normally produces antibodies to HBsAg as part of the normal immune response to infection.

    A positive test means:

    A person has an acute or chronic hepatitis B virus infection and can pass the virus to others

    A negative test means:

    A person does not have the hepatitis B virus in his or her blood

  • What is the Window Period for Hepatitis B?

    On average, symptoms appear 90 days (or 3 months) after exposure, but they can appear any time between 6 weeks and 6 months after exposure.

  • Is there a vaccine or treatment for Hepatitis B?

    Yes, there is a vaccine.

    The hepatitis B vaccine series is a sequence of shots that stimulate a person’s natural immune system to protect against HBV. After the vaccine is given, the body makes antibodies that protect a person against the virus. An antibody is a substance found in the blood that is produced in response to a virus invading the body. These antibodies are then stored in the body and will fight off the infection if a person is exposed to the hepatitis B virus in the future.

  • Who should get vaccinated against hepatitis B?

    Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for:

    • All infants, starting with the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth
    • All children & adolescents younger than 19 years of age old who have not been vaccinated
    • People whose sex partners have hepatitis B
    • Sexually active persons not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship
    • Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease
    • Men who have sexual contact with other men
    • People who share needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
    • People with close household contact with someone infected with hepatitis B
    • Healthcare and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids on the job
    • People with end-stage renal disease, including predialysis, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home dialysis patients
    • Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally disabled persons
    • Travelers to regions with moderate or high rates of hepatitis B
    • People with chronic liver disease
    • People with HIV infection
    • Anyone who wishes to be protected from hepatitis B virus infection

    In order to reach individuals at risk for hepatitis B, vaccination is also recommended for anyone in or seeking treatment from the following:

    • Sexually transmitted disease treatment facilities
    • HIV testing and treatment facilities
    • Facilities providing drug-abuse treatment and prevention services
    • Healthcare settings targeting services to injection drug users
    • Healthcare settings targeting services to men who have sex with men
    • Chronic hemodialysis facilities and end-stage renal disease programs
    • Correctional facilities
    • Institutions & nonresidential day care facilities for the developmentally disabled

Gonorrhea Information – Symptoms of Gonorrhea & Testing/Treatment Options

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about gonorrhea

    What is gonorrhea?

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.

    What are the statistics?

    Gonorrhea is a very common infectious disease. CDC estimates that more than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. Only about half of these infections are reported to CDC. In 2006, 358,366 cases of gonorrhea were reported to CDC.

    How is gonorrhea transmitted?

    Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread from mother to baby during delivery.

    People who have had gonorrhea and received treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with a person infected with gonorrhea.

    Who is at risk for gonorrhea?

    Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.

    What are the symptoms for gonorrhea?

    Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, some men have signs or symptoms that appear two to five days after infection; symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. Symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.

    In women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. The initial symptoms and signs in women include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, regardless of the presence or severity of symptoms.

    Symptoms of rectal infection in both men and women may include discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Rectal infection also may cause no symptoms. Infections in the throat may cause a sore throat but usually causes no symptoms.

    What are the complications of untreated gonorrhea?

    Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men. In women, gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). About one million women each year in the United States develop PID. The symptoms may be quite mild or can be very severe and can include abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled “pockets” that are hard to cure) and long-lasting, chronic pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.

    In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the ducts attached to the testicles that may lead to infertility if left untreated.

    Gonorrhea can spread to the blood or joints. This condition can be life threatening. In addition, people with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV-infected people with gonorrhea can transmit HIV more easily to someone else than if they did not have gonorrhea.

    How do you test for gonorrhea?

    Several laboratory tests are available to diagnose gonorrhea. A doctor or nurse can obtain a sample for testing from the parts of the body likely to be infected (cervix, urethra, rectum, or throat) and send the sample to a laboratory for analysis.

    Gonorrhea that is present in the cervix or urethra can be diagnosed in a laboratory by testing a urine sample.

    A quick laboratory test for gonorrhea that can be done in some clinics or doctor’s offices is a Gram stain. A Gram stain of a sample from a urethra or a cervix allows the doctor to see the gonorrhea bacterium under a microscope. This test works better for men than for women.

    getSTDtested.com uses the urine based test for Gonorrhea.

    How do you treat gonorrhea?

    Several antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea in adolescents and adults. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing in many areas of the world, including the United States, and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult. Because many people with gonorrhea also have chlamydia, another STD, antibiotics for both infections are usually given together. Persons with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs.

    It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease.

    People who have had gonorrhea and have been treated can get the disease again if they have sexual contact with persons infected with gonorrhea. If a person’s symptoms continue even after receiving treatment, he or she should return to a doctor to be reevaluated.

    How do you prevent transmission of gonorrhea?

    The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

    Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea.

    Any genital symptoms such as discharge or burning during urination or unusual sore or rash should be a signal to stop having sex and to see a doctor immediately.

    If a person has been diagnosed and treated for gonorrhea, he or she should notify all recent sex partners so they can see a health care provider and be treated. This will reduce the risk that the sex partners will develop serious complications from gonorrhea and will also reduce the person’s risk of becoming re-infected. The person and all of his or her sex partners must avoid sex until they have completed their treatment for gonorrhea.

Chlamydia Information – Symptoms of Chlamydia and More

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about Chlamydia

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman’s reproductive
organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility,
can occur “silently” before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.

What are the statistics?

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In 2006, 1,030,911 chlamydial infections
were reported to CDC from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under-reporting is substantial because most people with chlamydia are not aware
of their infections and do not seek testing. Also, testing is not often done if patients are treated for their symptoms. An estimated 2,291,000
non-institutionalized U.S. civilians ages 14-39 are infected with Chlamydia based on the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Women are frequently re-infected if their sex partners are not treated.

How is Chlamydia transmitted?

Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal
childbirth. Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection.
Because the cervix (opening to the uterus) of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured and is probably more susceptible to infection, they
are at particularly high risk for infection if sexually active. Since chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men
are also at risk for chlamydial infection.

What are the risk factors for transmission of Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If
symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.

In women, the bacteria initially infect the cervix and the urethra (urine canal). Women who have symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge
or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the
ovaries to the uterus), some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during
intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods. Chlamydial infection of the cervix can spread to the rectum.

Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from their penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching
around the opening of the penis. Pain and swelling in the testicles are uncommon.

Men or women who have receptive anal intercourse may acquire chlamydial infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding.
Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men having oral sex with an infected partner.

What are the complications of untreated Chlamydia?

If untreated, chlamydial infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences.
Like the disease itself, the damage that chlamydia causes is often “silent.”

In women, untreated infection can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This happens in up to 40
percent of women with untreated chlamydia. PID can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues. The damage can
lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Women infected with chlamydia are up
to five times more likely to become infected with HIV, if exposed.

To help prevent the serious consequences of chlamydia, screening at least annually for chlamydia is recommended for all sexually active women age
25 years and younger. An annual screening test also is recommended for older women with risk factors for chlamydia (a new sex partner or multiple sex
partners). All pregnant women should have a screening test for chlamydia.

Complications among men are rare. Infection sometimes spreads to the epididymis (the tube that carries sperm from the testis), causing pain, fever,
and, rarely, sterility.

Rarely, genital chlamydial infection can cause arthritis that can be accompanied by skin lesions and inflammation of the eye and urethra (Reiter’s
syndrome).

What is the test for Chlamydia?

There are laboratory tests to diagnose chlamydia. Some can be performed on urine; other tests require that a specimen be collected from a site such
as the penis or cervix. Getstdtested.com uses a urine based test.

How do you treat Chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or a week of doxycycline (twice daily) are the most
commonly used treatments. HIV-positive persons with chlamydia should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV negative.

All sex partners should be evaluated, tested, and treated. Persons with chlamydia should abstain from sexual intercourse until they and their sex
partners have completed treatment, otherwise re-infection is possible.

Women whose sex partners have not been appropriately treated are at high risk for re-infection. Having multiple infections increases a woman’s
risk of serious reproductive health complications, including infertility. Retesting should be encouraged for women three to four months after treatment.
This is especially true if a woman does not know if her sex partner received treatment.

How do you prevent transmission of Chlamydia?

The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a
partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia.

DC recommends yearly chlamydia testing of all sexually active women age 25 or younger, older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections
(those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners), and all pregnant women. An appropriate sexual risk assessment by a health care provider
should always be conducted and may indicate more frequent screening for some women.

Any genital symptoms such as an unusual sore, discharge with odor, burning during urination, or bleeding between menstrual cycles could mean an
STD infection. If a woman has any of these symptoms, she should stop having sex and consult a health care provider immediately.

Treating STDs early can prevent PID. Women who are told they have an STD and are treated for it should notify all of their recent sex partners
(sex partners within the preceding 60 days) so they can see a health care provider and be evaluated for STDs. Sexual activity should not resume until
all sex partners have been examined and, if necessary, treated.

HIV Informational Video – HIV Symptoms & Treatment

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, provides information on the symptoms of HIV and AIDS.

Real Help on HIV; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com.

There are about fifty thousand new cases per year of HIV in the United States. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS; it also affects the immune system and causes the immune system to become susceptible to infections. Initially, someone who is exposed to HIV may not have any symptoms at all and this may happen over a period of three to six months, after which time the body begins to recognize the virus and develops antibodies. At that time, they will have these flu-like illness and symptoms that will go away and then after the symptoms go away they will not have any symptoms at all and that can go from ten to fifteen years without having any symptoms but the disease process does advance from HIV to AIDS over this time period and then the patient may present with fever, weight loss or wasting, diarrhea, and maybe even pneumonia.

Those persons who should be tested for HIV include those who are having unprotected sex, particularly those who have vaginal or anal unprotected sex. HIV is transmitted through unprotected sex or by blood, mainly through sharing needles. HIV is tested conclusively with a laboratory-based blood test.

Currently there is no vaccine for the HIV virus, but there are medications that the patient can take that includes a combination of these antiretroviral drugs that make up a cocktail that the patients can take and do well with these medications and live longer with a productive lifestyle. You can prevent transmission of HIV by not participating in risky behaviors which includes using condoms when you have sex and not sharing needles.

Symptoms of Hepatitis B & Hepatitis B Treatment

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about the symptoms, transmission, testing and treatment of the Hepatitis B virus.

Real Help on Hepatitis B; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com. Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver and causes inflammation of this organ and it can be sexually transmitted as well as transmitted through blood products. Hepatitis B is transmitted through sex and it can be transmitted through sharing needles or through blood transfusions. Persons who have Hepatitis B can present with fever, nausea, vomiting, sometimes diarrhea, abdominal pain, joint aches, and just overall generalized fatigue. The test for Hepatitis B involves a blood specimen that is sent to the lab. For most patients who acquire Hepatitis B, the body develops an immune response that clears the virus and the infection is over and they are considered immune. But then for a small percentage of patients that go on to develop chronic Hepatitis, those persons are eligible for combination antiretrovirals that can eventually clear the virus over time. For chronic untreated Hepatitis B, these patients can go on to develop liver cancer. To prevent transmission of Hepatitis B more commonly for those cases that are sexually transmitted, you should use protection. For those cases that are transmitted by blood products, I would say to not share your needles.

Hepatitis C Symptoms & Hepatitis C Treatment Video

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about the symptoms, transmission, testing, cure and treatment of the Hepatitis C virus.

Real Help on Hepatitis C; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com. Hepatitis C is a virus that causes an inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is transmitted more commonly by blood products or sharing needles, but a small percentage of calls are sexually transmitted. Hepatitis C commonly causes symptoms such as generalized fatigue, malaise or feeling tired, low energy. Hepatitis C testing involves a blood-test that is sent to the laboratory. Well there is no cure for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C treatment involves a various combination of medications that you can take by mouth, injection, and that usually extends over a long period of time following the livers response to the medications. The complications of untreated Hepatitis C include liver cancer more commonly or liver failure and sclerosis. Hepatitis C can be prevented by not sharing needles, by using protection for those small percent of cases that are sexually transmitted and by not sharing personal articles such as razors and toothbrushes. Persons who should be tested for Hepatitis C include those who have used drugs intravenously or shared needles and who are having sex unprotected and live in a household with someone who has Hepatitis C and has shared personal options such as toothbrushes and razors.

Symptoms of Herpes & Herpes Treatment Informational Video

Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about Herpes testing, herpes symptoms, and herpes treatment.

Real Help on Herpes; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com. Herpes is one of the most common infections in the United States. There is type I or Oral Herpes which is not a sexually transmitted disease and then there is type II or Genital Herpes that is a sexually transmitted disease. Herpes type I and type II are both transmitted skin-to-skin contact. Herpes can be tested by culture of the lesion or it can be tested by a blood-based laboratory test. Well there is no cure for Herpes, but there are medications to heal the lesion and stop the pain. When Herpes is untreated, usually it goes away on its own, but it can return, and when it does return it usually causes lots of pain. Well its important to know that if you have Oral Herpes or Type I that when you have an active sore that you should not participate in oral sex at all. However, for Type II, Genital Herpes, a person who has this is always infectious and it is important for these people to always use protection when they have sex and if there is an active genital lesion then they should not have sex at all. A person who presents with a genital ulcer should be tested for Herpes.

Video on Chlamydia Treatment & Chlamydia Symptoms


Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about the symptoms, transmission, testing and treatment of Chlamydia.

Real Help on Chlamydia; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com. Chlamydia is very common, it is one of the most common STDs and there are about an estimated three million cases in the United States per year. Chlamydia is a disease that can cause inflammation in men in the urethra and in women, they are most commonly asymptomatic sixty percent of the time, but if they do have symptoms they may come in complaining of vaginal discharge or vaginal odor, they may have vaginal spotting or they may even pain or burning when they urinate. Men, when they come in with complaints, they may commonly complain of a urethral or penile discharge or a drip. They may also complain of a little tingling or irritation or burning when they urinate. Chlamydia is transmitted through sex, whether its sex, vaginal sex where its penis to vagina or whether its oral sex where the mouth goes on the penis, or whether its anal sex where there is anal-receptive sex where the penis goes in the anus. The test for Chlamydia involves a urine-based test where the patient would urinate in a cup and the specimen is sent to a lab and tested for Chlamydia and the results come back within three days. Chlamydia is easily treated with a low-cost antibiotic that cures the disease and kills the organism when you take it. Some of the complications with Chlamydia if it goes untreated; in women, it can lead it to infertility as well as it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease; in men if it goes untreated, it can lead to pain in the testes and those are some of the more common complications that can occur in both women and men. If you are going to have sex, you need to use protection, but to be completely free of Chlamydia is to not have sex. Those people who should be tested for Chlamydia include women who are sexually active; under the age of 25, should receive an annual test for Chlamydia and then those women who are sexually active over the age of 25 and have risk factors for Chlamydia, which include multiple sexual partners and unprotected sex. Those men who should get tested include of course if they have symptoms like a discharge and consider getting the test annually if they are sexually active without symptoms.

Symptoms of Gonorrhea & How To Treat Gonorrhea Video

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Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, talks about the transmission, treatment, testing and complications of untreated Gonorrhea.

Real Help on Gonorrhea; Sabrina Kendrick, M.D.; Brought to you by getSTDtested.com. Gonorrhea is common, there are about a half a million cases of Gonorrhea in the United States per year. Gonorrhea is transmitted through sex, either vaginal sex, oral sex, or anal sex. Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics and the antibiotics will cure the disease and the symptoms will go away. The antibiotics are inexpensive and usually there is no need to return for a reexamination or retreatment. Once you treat it and the symptoms go away, its gone. The complications of untreated Gonorrhea in women include infertility as well as it can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease. In men it can cause pain in the testes or also known as epididimitis. In both men and women the organism can go to the bloodstream and cause further complications. Those persons who should be tested for Gonorrhea include persons who are sexually active and who are not using protection or those persons who come in with symptoms; with women, with a vaginal discharge and with men, with penile discharges. The test for Gonorrhea is a urine-based test where the patient comes in, urinates in a cup and the specimen is sent into a laboratory for testing.

Syphilis Symptoms & Treatment Video


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Learn how to treat and prevent Syphilis & more from Dr. Sabrina Kendrick, Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center & getSTDtested.com

How do I treat and prevent Syphilis? The transmission of Syphilis is prevented by using condoms when you have sex. The treatment of Syphilis involves giving Penicillin shots. Treatment for the first stage or the primary illness includes one shot at the time of diagnosis. If the diagnosis is a later stage of Syphilis, it may include Penicillin shots weekly for three weeks. Those persons who should be tested for Syphilis include anyone who is having unprotected sex as well as those individuals who present with a genital ulcer and/or a rash anywhere on the body

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