Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs)

With over 45 years of expertise and training, Choices health care staff is highly trained in recognizing, treating and counseling for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). If you think you have been exposed or are experiencing the symptoms contact Choices immediately to make an appointment for testing, treatment, and counseling. A Choices healthcare professional is available to answer all your questions, get you the treatment you need and to help you make responsible decisions regarding your sexual health. Only properly used LATEX condoms and barriers provide protection against HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. Here is some important information about STIs and reasons why you should get tested:

Symptoms usually appear about 12-10 days after infection and include discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum; painful or difficult urination and in women, abdominal pain and bleeding between periods. Though cured with antibiotics, damage to joints, heart, brain and in women, pelvic inflammatory disease that may result in problems with pregnancy or infertility can be permanent.

Symptoms usually appear about 2-6 weeks after infection and include painless sore(s) on or near genitals, anus, or mouth that eventually go away. About 3-6 weeks after sore appears, you may experience a rash on hands, feet or other body parts which may come and go over 1-2 years. Though cured with antibiotics damage to your heart, blindness, insanity may be permanent or death may occur.

Symptoms usually appear about 2-10 days after infection and include itching, burning, pain in legs, buttocks or genital area, vaginal discharge, pressure in abdomen, small red bumps that crust over and heal in days. These symptoms can reoccur throughout life and may be set off by sun or stress. The sores should be kept clean and dry and should not be touched to avoid spreading the infection. There is NO CURE but medication can help symptoms.

Symptoms usually appear about 1-3 weeks after infection and include discharge from penis or vagina and burning while urinating. Though cured by antibiotics pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility may occur.

Symptoms usually appear about 4 weeks or more after infection and include fatigue, diarrhea, dark, foamy urine, pale feces, abdominal pain, yellowing of skin and whites of eyes and pain in joints. THERE IS NO CURE, infection is lifelong, most people recover but some become carriers for life. Others may experience fatal liver problems, including cancer and immune system problems. Medication, a balanced and nutritional diet, rest and avoiding alcohol help the condition.

Symptoms appearabout 3 months or more after infection and include small, hard, painless bumps that may develop tops like cauliflowers, inside or around vagina, penis, or anus, or in the mouth. Removal treatments include surface medications, freezing or laser but THERE IS NO CURE and the warts may come back. They can make delivery difficult during pregnancy and have been linked to genital cancers.

Symptoms appearabout 1-2 weeks or more after infection and include discharge from the vagina, itching swelling or redness in vagina, pain during sex, burning while urinating. Men rarely have symptoms but can infect others. Though it is cured with antibiotics problems during pregnancy, including premature breaking of waters, premature delivery and passing the infection to newborn during birth may occur.