For Teens

Sexual Health

Sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 12 million Americans each year, many of whom are teenagers or young adults.

Here are some good facts to keep in mind regarding STDs:

  • STDs are common. 1 in 4 teenage girls and an equally alarming number of teen guys have an STD right now.
  • STDs are treatable. All of them. Some are even curable.
  • STDs are sneaky. Most of the time an STD doesn’t produce any symptoms.
  • You cannot tell by looking at someone whether he or she is infected with HIV or another STD.
  • Using drugs and alcohol increases your chances of getting STDs because these substances can interfere with your judgment and your ability to use a condom properly
  • If you have had unprotected sex, you may have a STD and not know it.
  • If your partner has had unprotected sex, your partner may have a STD and not know it.
  • If left untreated, STDs can lead to long-term consequences, like infertility, long-term pain or cancer.

Should I get tested?

STDs are sneaky — and many teens have a high chance of catching at least one of them. You should get tested if you have any of these STD risk factors:

  • You didn’t use a condom the last time you had oral, vaginal or anal sex
  • You had sex (oral, vaginal or anal) with two or more people in the last three months
  • You had sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) with a new partner in the last three months
  • You’re a guy who has had oral or anal sex with another guy
  • You had an STD in the past year
  • Someone you had sex with has an STD

Prevention:

We can help you understand and educate you on ways to reduce your risk of STD exposure as well as reducing the risk of transmitting this to others if you are diagnosed with a STD.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite screening for STD’s, rapid HIV testing and follow up treatment as needed.

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Chlamydia

What is it? A highly contagious bacterial infection, Chlamydia is the most common STD. There are approximately 4 million new infections each year. It is very common among teens and young adults. Sexually active individuals should be tested at least once a year or when symptoms occur.

How is it harmful? It can cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Women with Chlamydia might not be able to become pregnant or, if they do, the pregnancy can occur in the fallopian tubes, a potentially fatal occurrence.

What are the symptoms? For women, Chlamydia usually has no symptoms at all. If symptoms do occur, they are: unusual discharge, unexplained bleeding or pain during urination. For men, discharge, pain during urination or testicular pain.

What is the treatment? Antibiotics; however, long-term complications like infertility may not be reversible.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We can provide onsite screening for STD’s testing and follow up treatment as needed.

Herpes

What is it? An incurable viral infection usually caused by herpes simplex virus type 2. It is highly contagious, especially when the sores are present and until they are completely healed. Since herpes sores often spread to the area around the genitals, condoms may not protect from contact with the sores.

How is it harmful? Causes periodic eruptions of painful sores on the genitals and surrounding areas of males and females.

What are the symptoms? Sores, fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and headaches, swollen or sore lymph nodes, burning during urination, difficulty urinating, and genital discharge. However, some people may have no symptoms at all.

What is the treatment? There is no cure. Certain drugs may control the signs and symptoms, but they do not affect the risk, frequency or severity of outbreaks after the drug has been discontinued.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite screening for STD’s testing and follow up treatment as needed.

Syphilis

What is it? A very serious bacterial infection that infects the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

How is it spread? You can get syphilis if you come in direct contact with a syphilis sore during anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Sores can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum, or on the lips and in the mouth.

What are the symptoms? Syphilis has been called ‘the great imitator’ because it has so many possible symptoms, many of which look like symptoms from other diseases. The painless syphilis sore that you would get after you are first infected can be confused for an ingrown hair, zipper cut, or other seemingly harmless bump. The non-itchy body rash that develops during the second stage of syphilis can show up on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, all over your body, or in just a few places. You could also be infected with syphilis and have very mild symptoms or none at all.

How is it harmful? It may lead to paralysis, blindness, insanity, disfiguration, and eventual death. Can also cause severe birth defects to baby whose mothers are infected.

Am I at risk for syphilis? While any sexually active person can get syphilis through unprotected sex, you should get tested regularly if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV infection, or have a partner who has tested positive for syphilis.

Can syphilis be cured? Yes, syphilis can be cured with the right antibiotics from your health care provider. However, treatment will not undo any damage that the infection has already done.

Contact us we can help 716 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite screening for STD’s testing and follow up treatment as needed.

Gonorrhea

What is it? Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection. In addition to infecting the cervix or urethra, it can infect the throat or rectum. Sexually active individuals should be tested at least once a year.

How is it harmful? Gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women and severe inflammation of the urinary tract in men. It can cause severe arthritis (Reiter’s syndrome) in women and men. Additionally, if the mother is infected at the time of delivery, it can cause blindness in newborns.

What are the symptoms? For women, the early stages usually have no symptoms. Symptoms usually occur 2-3 weeks after infection and can include vaginal discharge or recurring irritation. For men, gonorrhea usually includes penile discharge and severe burning during urination.

What is the treatment? Antibiotics; however, long-term complications (such as infertility) may not be reversible.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite screening for STD’s testing and follow up treatment as needed.

HPV/Genital Warts

What is it? Genital warts are growths on the skin of the genital area and around the anus. They are caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV).

There are more than 20 types of HPV that can infect the genital area. HPV can be transmitted either by touching the wart or by sexual intercourse; for this reason, condoms don’t always protect against transmission.

How is it harmful? Some types have been associated with abnormal cell growth that, if not treated, can lead to cervical cancer.

What are the symptoms? Most types of HPV have no symptoms, but some cause warts in the genital and/or anal areas of males and females. Warts can be painful and may bleed or discharge pus.

What is the treatment? Medication may remove the warts. If left untreated, visible warts may resolve on their own, return unchanged, or increase in size and number. Removing warts may not alter the course of infection, make one less contagious, or make one less susceptible to cervical cancer caused by HPV.

HPV Vaccine: In June 2006 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an HPV vaccine. The vaccine protects against 2 types of HPV that cause 70% of all cervical cancers (HPV 16 and 18) and 2 types of HPV that cause 90% of all genital warts (HPV 6 and 11). The other types of HPV will NOT be prevented by use of the vaccine.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite screening for STD’s testing and follow up treatment as needed.

HIV

What is it? HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV is transmitted through body fluids (semen and blood), through sexual intercourse, sharing needles, receiving contaminated blood or blood products, and from mother to child during pregnancy.

HIV is not spread by touching, kissing, sneezing, coughing, sharing silverware, cups or dishes. It is not spread by swimming pools, showers, toilet seats, drinking fountains, or insect bites.

How is it harmful? Can lead to the development of rare cancers, seizures, and dementia. May be fatal.

What are the symptoms? A person can be infected with HIV without having AIDS. It can take as long as 10 years for HIV infection to cause AIDS; this time span is growing due to available drug treatments.

What is the treatment?

There is no cure for either HIV or AIDS but treatment has come a long way in improving health outcomes. With routine medical care and medications patients should except a long, health life.

Contact us we can help (716) 631-3510 ext 2. We provide onsite rapid HIV screening and follow up treatment as needed.