STD Testing

The PCC W.I.S.H. clinic offers testing for the following STD's:

 

HIV

Hepatitis B

Syphilis

Gonorrhea

Chlamydia

Trichomoniasis

Candidiasis

Vaginosis

We do visual testing for Herpes and HPV.

STD examinations are performed by a Physician Assistant.  To schedule an appointment, call 946-9474 or email us at: wishinfo@pccwichita.org.

For email inquiries, please allow 24 hours [or until the next business day] for a personal response.

  All our services are confidential.

 For a chart of diseases, symptoms, treatments and complications, click here

 

 


Listed below is general information about a few STDs.  This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

HIV
Symptoms

Short-lived, flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, aches).
No symptoms with initial infection or for many years thereafter.

Diagnosis

Blood test

Treatment

A complex regimen of medicine taken consistently can prolong life, but not cure the disease.

Complications

AIDS typically appears about 10 years after the initial HIV infection (although new therapies may further delay the development of AIDS).

For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/hiv.pdf


 

Hepatitis B
Symptoms

30% of infected people have no signs or symptoms. Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), severe fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Rash, joint pain and fever may also occur.

Diagnosis

Blood test

Treatment

Drug therapies

Complications

May cause lifelong infections that could cause liver failure, cancer and death.
For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/hepatitisb.pdf


 

Syphilis:

"syph", "pox", "bad blood"

Symptoms

1st Stage: painless pimple or sore on genitals, fingers, lips, breast

2nd stage: rash, sores, swollen joints, flu-like illness

Latent stage: none

Incubation:

10-90 days

Diagnosis: Blood test
Treatment

Antibiotics for patient, all sexual contacts and possibly infected offspring.

Complications

Brain damage, insanity, paralysis, heart disease, death; damage to skin, bones, eyes, liver, teeth of fetus and newborns.

For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/syphilis.pdf


 

Gonorrhea:

"dose", "clap", "drip"

Symptoms

Local, genital discharge, pain; often no symptoms in men; usually none in women.

Incubation period:

1-30 days

Diagnosis

Swab test for women and men

Treatment

Antibiotics for patient and all sexual contacts; follow-up test for "cure"

Complications

Pelvic infalmmatory disease, sterility, arthritis, blindness, eye infection in newborns For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/gonorrhea.pdf


 

Chlamydia
Symptoms

Clear discharge, frequent urination; often no symptoms

Incubation:

5-10 days or longer

Diagnosis

Swab test

Treatment

Antibiotics

Complications

Permanent damage to reproductive organs, sterility, ectopic or tubal pregnancy or potentially fatal eye and lung infections in babies.
For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/chlamydia.pdf


 

Trichomoniasis:

"trick" "vaginitis"

Symptoms

Copious discharge, intense itching, burning and redness of genitals and thighs; painful intercourse; often no symptoms in men.

Incubation:

4-28 days

Diagnosis

Visual examination at WISH-- pap smears are also used

Treatment

Antibiotic for patient and regular sexual partners

Complications

Possible urinary tract infection and pain in lower abdomen For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/trichomonas.pdf


 

Candidiasis:

"yeast infection" or VVC

a common fungal infection that occurs when there is overgrowth of the fungus called Candida.

Symptoms

Women: genital itching or burning, with or without a "cottage cheese-like" vaginal discharge. Men: itchy rash on the penis

Diagnosis:

Swab

Treatment:

Antifungal drugs taken orally, applied directly to the affected area, or used vaginally


 

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning.

Symptoms

Abnormal white or gray vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor; burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. Some women have no symptoms at all.

Diagnosis

Visual exam and swab

Treatment:

Antibiotics

Complications

Can increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV and other STDs, such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea; pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) following surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or an abortion. While pregnant it may put a woman at increased risk for some complications of pregnancy.


 

Herpes:

"virus"

Symptoms

Swollen, tender, painful sores on genitals

Incubation:

30 hours to 2 weeks

Diagnosis

Visual examination done at WISH--pap smears are also common

Treatment

There is no cure for genital herpes. Treatment with anti-viral medications like Acyclovir reduces the duration and intensity of symptoms.

Complications

Possible evidence linking infection to cervical cancer, severe central nervous system damage or death in infants infected during birth.

For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/herpes.pdf


 

HPV:

"genital warts"

Symptoms

Local irritation, itching. Most patients have no symptoms. Approximately 1% of all individuals who have been infected with HPV and 7% of those with current HPV infection have genital warts.

Incubation:

30 or more days

Diagnosis

Visual examination

Treatment

Liquid nitrogen, podophyllin tincture or surgical removal. HPV infection is not curable, although most HPV infections resolve spontaneously. Even if warts do resolve, infection may remain, and can still be passed on to a future sexual partner. In addition, warts frequently recur in the months following treatment.

Complications

Highly contagious; can spread enough to block vaginal and rectal openings.

For more information go to: http://www.medinstitute.org/includes/downloads/hpv.pdf