CHOICES knowledgeable staff has over 30 years training in recognizing and treating Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). If you think you have been exposed to an STI or are experiencing the symptoms of an STI, call (718) 729-2273 to make an appointment for testing, treatment, and counseling on how to make responsible decisions regarding your sexual health.
CHOICES also offers compassionate, informed and up-to-date HIV/AIDS testing and treatment.
If you feel that you may have been exposed to HIV/AIDS or an STI, it is important to remember that you can still transmit HIV/AIDS or STIs to others via sexual intercourse and needle sharing even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms.
Most methods of birth control DO NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases. Only properly used LATEX condoms and barriers provide protection against HIV/AIDS and STIs.
Some common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):
Possible signs: about 12-10 days after infection, you may notice discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum; painful or difficult urination; in women, abdominal pain, bleeding between periods.
Possible results: damage to joints, heart, brain; in women, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causing problems with pregnancy; infertility.
Treatments: Cured with antibiotics, but damage can be permanent.
Possible signs: About 2-6 weeks after infection, painless sore(s) on or near genitals, anus, or mouth; goes away. About 3-6 weeks after sore appears, you may experience a rash on hands, feet or other body parts; may come and go over 1-2 years.
Possible results: damage to heart, blindness, insanity, death.
Treatments: Cured with antibiotics, but damage may be permanent.
Possible signs: About 2-10 days after infection, you may experience itching, burning, pain in legs, buttocks or genital area, vaginal discharge, pressure in abdomen, small red bumps that crust over and heal in days.
Possible results: Signs can reoccur throughout life, possibley set off by sun or stress.
Treatments: NO CURE. Medication can help symptoms; sores should be kept clean and dry and NOT be touched. Wash hands if touched.
Possible signs: About 1-3- weeks after infection, you may experience discharge from penis or vagina, burning urination.
Possible results: In women, PID and infertility.
Treatments: Cured with antibiotics.
Possible signs: About 4 weeks or more after infection, you may experience fatigue, diarrhea, dark, foamy urine, pale feces, abdominal pain, yellowing of skin and whites of eyes, pain in joints.
Possible results: Lifelong infection, possibly fatal liver problems, including cancer; immune system problems.
Treatments: Most people recover, but some become carriers for life. No cure, but medication, diet rest and avoiding alcohol help.
Possible signs: About 3 months or more after infection, you may notice small, hard, painless bumps inside or around vagina, penis, or anus, or in the mouth. Bumps can develop tops like cauliflower.
Possible results: during pregnancy, can make delivery difficult; some kinds of HPV, the virus that causes genital warts, have been linked to genital cancers.
Treatments: Surface medications, freezing or laser surgery can remove warts. There is no cure for the virus, and the warts may come back.
Possible signs: About 1-2 weeks (or more) after infection, you may experience discharge from the vagina; itching swelling or redness in vagina; pain during sex; burning urination. Men rarely have symptoms but can infect others.
Possible results: problems during pregnancy, including premature breaking of waters and premature delivery; passing of infection to newborn during birth.
Treatments: cured with antibiotics.