A Very Discreet, Private STD Clinic
We now offer Instant HIV Testing!! Negative Results in Fifteen Minutes!!
- Weekend STD Testing Available upon request
- We test and treat, while others test only
- Appointments available – walk-ins welcome at our main clinics
- Just tell the receptionists that you are here for “testing”
- Private consultation rooms to discuss what testing you want
- Most test results are available in 2-3 business days
- Private consultation with Clinician before or after testing available for $59
- We offer early detection HIV testing (as early as 9-11 days after exposure)
- All testing done with a simple blood sample and/or urine sample (no physical exam needed)
- Option to look up your test results online or be emailed to you. Clinician will call you and review all positive results
- Your credit card statement will discreetly show payment to “The Vaccine Center”
- We do not accept insurance, however, we do put all the insurance codes on your invoice so you can submit it to your insurance for full/partial reimbursement if it is a covered benefit.
What is it?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a sexually transmitted disease which affects the immune system and can potentially cause an infected person to be easily prone to infections and certain types of cancer.
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a result of HIV infection, usually 6-9 years after initial infection. There are two types, HIV-1 and HIV-2. Usually, HIV in the United States is HIV-1.
Who is at risk?
HIV can be transmitted by blood, blood products, sexual fluids, and breast milk. Most people are infected by sexual contact, birth to an infected mother, during breastfeeding, or from sharing contaminated needles and syringes. The virus is more likely to be transmitted with men to men intercourse than with heterosexual transmission.
What are the signs and symptoms of HIV?
It is possible that in the first stages of HIV, no signs or symptoms will be apparent.
Later, signs and symptoms may include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Weight loss
- Chronic diarrhea for more than 1 month
- Fever for more than 1 month
- Bacterial infections such as Tuberculosis
- Other unusual illnesses and cancers
Anyone who is concerned about HIV exposure should be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recommended that everyone between the ages of 13-64 be tested at least once. Persons who have a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, or other high-risk behavior should be tested yearly for HIV.
Testing is done by a simple blood test and is important to prevent the spread of HIV to others. The results are usually available between 3-5 business days. The Vaccine Center has two types of HIV tests:
- HIV antibodies test-this is the most commonly used HIV test. It can take some time for a person’s immune system to produce enough antibodies for the test to detect. This is called the “window period” and is the time between infection with HIV and the ability to detect HIV. People develop antibodies to HIV anytime between 2-8 weeks from infection. Sometime, it can take 3-6 months to develop antibodies to HIV.
- Aptima HIV test-This test is approved for the early diagnosis of HIV infection. It can detect HIV in a 9-11 day “window period” or after. This test is more costly than the HIV antibody test.
There are treatment options for people infected with HIV that can help to have a normal and long life, although there is not yet a cure. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the current recommended treatment for HIV. This involves taking a regimen of medications daily and helps the body fight off life-threatening infections and cancer. This treatment is usually prescribed and monitored by a specialist in HIV or Infectious Diseases.
It is important for HIV infected individuals to have vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases because of being more prone to those illnesses. The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic offers all vaccines available in the USA.
Things you should do to prevent transmitting HIV to others include:
- The only sure way is to abstain from sex
- Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk for transmission; however is not 100% effective
- Use protection during oral sex such as condom or dental dam
- Tell others you have HIV such as people you have had sex with or are planning to have sex with
- Don’t share needles, donate blood or plasma, share razors, or share sex toys
Our private clinic is supervised by Board Certified Physicians. We also have on staff Board Certified Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Registered Nurses and Medical Assistants. Our staff is discreet and professional.
We provide complete STD testing. Our testing is fast, reliable and very affordable. All our laboratory testing are drawn in our office. This provides our clients the convenience of having their laboratory testing and consultation (if requested) and treatment all at the same location.
Our friendly and professional staff will be able to answer all your questions regarding STD testing. We can also provide a full consultation with our clinicians (with an appointment) before and after your testing if you wish. Our clinicians can offer you all the treatment options if needed.
Why go to a STD clinic where you also can’t get treatment? We provide both testing and treatment.
In addition, we carry vaccines that can help prevent certain STDs such as:
- HPV Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
Both our locations are located in storefront clinics in retail shopping centers, so often you can park right in front of our clinic.