STI Testing & Treatment
Via Care tests and treats for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs are transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex as well as sharing needles and child birth. STIs are common and many are curable or treatable. Many people do not have or show symptoms of STIs which is why it’s important to get tested regularly.
Services are LGBTQ+ friendly, and Spanish speakers are on staff. All are welcome.
We test for the following STIs:
Herpes (HSV 1 or 2)
Hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV)
Genital Warts (HPV)
Via Care provides treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis, which are all curable. Herpes, Hepatitis B or C, genital warts, and HIV/AIDS cannot be cured but are treated to reduce health concerns and lower chances of passing the STI to partners. At this time, treatment for HIV is not provided at Via Care.
Gonorrhea: Most cases have no symptoms. When symptoms do show, they include burning sensation when peeing and discharge from the penis, vagina, and/or rectum. Gonorrhea can be passed to children during birth. If untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility and sterility.
Chlamydia: Chlamydia is the most common curable STI and most cases show no symptoms. Symptoms can include abdominal/pelvic pain and watery discharge from the penis, vagina, and/or rectum. Chlamydia can be passed to children during birth. If untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility and other health complications.
Syphilis: Symptoms often look like other diseases or infections. Symptoms include painless sores on the body in the early stage, skin rashes and sores in later stages, and fatal organ issues in the final stage. Syphilis may result in stillbirth, infant death shortly after birth, or health complications weeks after birth.
Trichomoniasis: Most trichomoniasis, or “trich,” cases don’t show symptoms. Symptoms that show can be itching or irritation of the genitals, pain or discomfort peeing, and discharge from the penis or vagina. Trich can lead to pre-term childbirth and low birth weight.
Herpes (HSV 1 or HSV 2): HSV 1 is very common and may not be as severe as HSV 2. HSV 2 is received during sexual contact with someone with an active outbreak. Outbreaks can be lesions or ulcers, genital pains, and tingling or shooting pains in the body. Medication shortens outbreaks and decreases chances of passing HSV 2 to partners.
Hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV): Hepatitis B is spread when infected blood, semen, or other body fluids enters someone’s body. Vaccination against and treatment for HBV is available. Hepatitis C is spread through contact with infected blood, for example, when sharing needles. There is no vaccine for HCV but it can be managed with treatment.
Genital Warts (HPV): Genital warts, or HPV, is the most common treatable STI. HPV is received through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. People with HPV may not show symptoms. HPV can go away on its own but may also cause health issues like genitals warts and cancer. HPV can be vaccinated against and genital warts and cancer can be treated.
HIV/AIDS: HIV is carried and passed to others through blood, semen, vaginal fluid, precum, and breast milk. High risk behaviors, like sharing needles and sex with multiple or unknown partners, increase the chances of getting HIV. AIDS is a result of untreated HIV that badly damages the body’s immune system. Having an STI increases the chances of HIV infection. Medication can reduce the chance of giving HIV to others and minimize health concerns.