Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Here is a list of the most common STDs treated at the Georgia State University Student Health Clinic:
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are caused by a bacteria. Both infections can cause similar symptoms. They are usually tested together. Most women do not have symptoms with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Most men do not have symptoms with Chlamydia. Testing is performed by collecting a urine sample. It usually takes about 72 hours to get the results back. Both are treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis is caused by a bacteria. It may have no symptoms or it could cause a painless sore and/or rash. Testing is performed by taking a blood sample. It usually takes 72 hours to get the results back. It is treatable with antibiotics.
Genital Herpes is caused by a virus. It is estimated that one out of every three people in this area has Genital Herpes. Most people with Genital Herpes have no symptoms but can transmit the disease to their partner eight days during the month even without symptoms. The blood test will check for HSV 1 (oral Herpes/cold sores) and HSV2 (Genital Herpes). Symptoms can be controlled with Valtrex or Acyclovir.
Human Papilloma Virus is one of the viruses that can cause abnormal pap smears in women. At the current time, we do not test for HPV in men and only high risk HPV in women. It is recommended that sexually active women have an annual pap smear to make sure they are not infected.
Hepatitis B vaccine is highly recommended for all sexually active adults. There is a series of three injections, given over six months, with the first injection given at the first appointment. The second injection is given one month after the first injection, and the third injection is given 4-6 months after the first injection.