If you believe you are at risk for HIV disease, you may also be at risk for hepatitis infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs – formerly known as STDs). Unsafe sexual activity and the sharing of needles during injection drug use are behaviors that put you at risk.
Early diagnosis through hepatitis and STI testing and early treatment are actions you can take to protect your health from these diseases.
Hepatitis A and B are viral infections of the liver that are most often acquired through sexual activity. Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver most often acquired when needles are shared during injection drug use. Hepatitis infections are very serious conditions that require immediate treatment.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Every year more than 15 million new STI cases are diagnosed in the United States. STIs are more common than most people think especially among young, sexually active individuals.
Most STIs are easily cured if they are caught early. Unfortunately, many people don't seek treatment because they have no symptoms and are unaware that they are infected or because they are uncomfortable getting treatment from their regular health care provider. If left untreated, some STIs can cause severe health problems or even death.
ARCW offers STI testing in a confidential and supportive environment that is sensitive to your needs. We believe in early diagnosis and treatment of STIs to optimize your health.
The ARCW Medical Clinic offers screenings, tests and treatment for the following STIs for people living with HIV:
In Milwaukee, the ARCW Prevention Center is able to offer the following STI tests to anyone:
In Greater Wisconsin, please contact your local ARCW office to learn about the specific STI tests they directly provide, or to learn where STI tests are available in your community.
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