- HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes AIDS. HIV attacks and damages the immune system and may lead to serious illnesses and infections. It can be contracted through IV drug use, blood transfusions, and most commonly, sexually.
- Gonorrhea - A serious disease that often has minimal or no symptoms, but if left untreated, may cause numerous reproductive and other health issues. Some of the symptoms may include discharge and painful urination.
- Syphilis - A disease that can be contracted through kissing, oral sex, and intercourse.
- Hepatitis B - Viral hepatitis that may be contracted through unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, and other causes.
- Herpes 1 & 2 - There are two types of Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1, (HSV 1) and type 2, (HSV 2)
HSV 1 exists in about 70% of the population. The virus is usually contracted by a childhood oral infection.
Genital Herpes may be caused by both, herpes simplex virus type 1 & 2, but most of the time is caused by type 1.
- Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms, but when symptoms do occur, they appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum.
- This test will tell you which virus the IgG antibodies are responding to, HSV 1 or HSV-2.
- Chlamydia - Caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Its symptoms are usually mild or absent, but like gonorrhea, it may cause discharge and painful urination. That is why they're often tested together.
For more information regarding these or other sexually transmitted diseases, please contact The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.