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HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a sexually transmitted disease which affects the immune system and can potentially cause an infected person to be easily prone to infections and certain types of cancer.
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a result of HIV infection, usually 6-9 years after initial infection. There are two types, HIV-1 and HIV-2. Usually, HIV in the United States is HIV-1.
HIV can be transmitted by blood, blood products, sexual fluids, and breast milk. Most people are infected by sexual contact, birth to an infected mother, during breastfeeding, or from sharing contaminated needles and syringes. The virus is more likely to be transmitted with men to men intercourse than with heterosexual transmission.
It is possible that in the first stages of HIV, no signs or symptoms will be apparent.
Later, signs and symptoms may include:
Anyone who is concerned about HIV exposure should be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recommended that everyone between the ages of 13-64 be tested at least once. Persons who have a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, or other high-risk behavior should be tested yearly for HIV. Testing is done by a simple blood test and is important to prevent the spread of HIV to others. e7 Health has three types of HIV tests:
There are treatment options for people infected with HIV that can help to have a normal and long life, although there is not yet a cure. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the current recommended treatment for HIV. This involves taking a regimen of medications daily and helps the body fight off life-threatening infections and cancer. This treatment is usually prescribed and monitored by a specialist in HIV or Infectious Diseases.
It is important for HIV infected individuals to have vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases because of being more prone to those illnesses. e7 Health and Travel Medicine Clinic offers all vaccines available in the USA.
Things you should do to prevent transmitting HIV to others include:
Our private clinic is supervised by Board Certified Physicians. We also have on staff Board Certified Clinicians, Licensed Registered Nurses and Medical Assistants. Our staff is discreet and professional.
We provide complete STD testing. Our testing is fast, reliable and very affordable. All our laboratory testing are drawn in our office. This provides our clients the convenience of having their laboratory testing and consultation (if requested) and treatment all at the same location.
Our friendly and professional staff will be able to answer all your questions regarding STD testing. We can also provide a full consultation with our clinicians (with an appointment) before and after your testing if you wish. Our clinicians can offer you all the treatment options if needed.
Why go to a STD clinic where you also can’t get treatment? We provide both testing and treatment.
In addition, we carry vaccines that can help prevent certain STDs such as:
Both our locations are located in storefront clinics in retail shopping centers, so often you can park right in front of our clinic.