Our clinic offers low cost STI and STD testing and treatment to women and men in our community. Learn more about some of the most common STDs and STIs below, then schedule an appointment with our staff today. The only way to truly know if you have an STD is to get tested, which Mosaic can provide for each of the following:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Trichomonas
  • Bacterial Vaginosis

COMMON STDs: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Chlamydia

How can you get it?

  • Chlamydia is a bacteria that spread between men and women during sex, whether vaginally, anally, or orally.

What are the symptoms?

  • Many men and women do not experience any symptoms. However some women experience an abnormal vaginal discharge and a burning with urination. Men sometimes experience testicular pain or swelling, burning with urination, and abnormal odor or discharge. The best way to know if you have Chlamydia is to get tested.

Can it be treated?

  • Yes, it can be treated with an antibiotic.

Testing?

  • Ideally, testing should occur at least 5-6 days after having sex.

Gonorrhea

How can you get it?

  • Gonorrhea is a bacteria that spread between men and women during sex, whether vaginally, anally, or orally. It most commonly affects those in the 15-24 year age demographic.

What are the symptoms?

  • Men do not always have symptoms with this particular STD, but they can range from a burning feeling during urination, green or yellow discharge,), or testicular pain and swelling. Women do not frequently show symptoms when they are positive for Gonorrhea. These symptoms can include abnormal vaginal discharge, bleeding and/or soreness, and experiencing pain during bowel movements.

Can it be treated?

  • Yes, it can be treated with an antibiotic.

Testing?

  • Ideally testing should occur at least 5-6 days after having sex.

Syphilis

How can you get it?

  • Syphilis is a bacteria transmitted between sexual partners during oral, anal, or vaginal sex can transmit the infection.

What are the symptoms?

  • Syphilis is generally divided into four stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. Syphilis can also cause sores, and contact with these sores can transmit infection.

Can it be treated?

  • Syphilis can be treated with an antibiotic. We test for this STD at Mosaic, however, if you test positive, we will refer you out for treatment to the Health Department.

Testing?

  • The CDC recommends yearly testing for Syphilis if you initially have a negative test.

HIV

How can you get it?

  • HIV is a virus contracted through sexual contact. HIV is found in blood and body secretions.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms of HIV are similar to flu symptoms which include, fever, aching muscles, sore throat, fatigue, and can also cause symptoms such as rashes and mouth ulcers. However, in the Acute HIV Infection stage, it is not uncommon to be completely symptom-free.

Testing/Treatment?

  • We test for HIV at Mosaic, but we refer positive clients to the Health Department for medical care. The virus cannot ever be completely eradicated from your body once you have it, but it can be successfully managed, allowing many people with HIV to live a long and healthy life.

Trichomonas

How can you get it?

  • Trichomonas is caused by a parasite, which can spread between sexual partners.

What are the symptoms?

  • It is most common among women, but it is possible for men to contract the infection as well. Women’s symptoms include discomfort of the vagina, which includes itching, burning sensations, redness or soreness, abnormal discharge (thin or in a greater volume), and pain while urinating. Men’s potential symptoms include an itching sensation within the penis, burning while ejaculating or urinating, or even discharge.

Can it be treated?

  • Trichomonas can be treated with an antibiotic, and it is important to seek such treatment for Trich if you are positive since it can stay in the body potentially for years after initial contraction.

Testing?

  • If you are a female who is positive for Trich, your partner would need to be tested as well.

Bacterial Vaginosis

How can you get it?

  • Bacterial Vaginosis occurs when there is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, resulting in too much of one kind. Physicians are not entirely sure why BV develops, but there are many ways to prevent Bacterial Vaginosis. Though it most commonly affects women who are sexually active, it can also affect women who have never had sex.

What are the symptoms?

  • Common symptoms of BV include white or gray discharge and a foul or fishy vaginal odor.

 Can it be treated?

  • If you are positive for BV, treatment with an antibiotic is advised.

** Each STD has the potential to affect pregnancy in women, so if you are concerned about possibly being pregnant, our Center can additionally provide a free medical-grade pregnancy test.