Condoms help prevent HIV, STIs, and pregnancy when used correctly.
PrEP is a daily medication used to prevent the acquisition of HIV. PrEP is over 96% effective when used as prescribed. PHNTX offers PrEP services at all clinics. Think PrEP is right for you? Make an appointment by calling 214-521-5191.
Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. HIV is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids which include blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. There is no cure for HIV, but it can be managed with an antiretroviral medication.
You can live a healthy life with HIV and prevent transmitting it to others. Symptoms may include flu-like illness such as fever, chills, rash, body aches, sore throat, and fatigue. The best way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.
Chlamydia is a STI that is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids such blood, semen, and vaginal fluid. Chlamydia can be transmitted though anal, vaginal, and oral sex.
Symptoms include clear discharge from vagina/penis and a burning sensation when urinating. Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotic medication regimen.
Gonorrhea is a STI that is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids such blood, semen, and vaginal fluid. Gonorrhea can be transmitted though anal, vaginal, and oral sex.
Symptoms include yellow or green discharge from vagina/penis, burning sensation when urinating, vaginal bleeding between periods, and ulcerations (a sore or wound). Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotic medication.
Syphilis is a STI that is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and vaginal fluid, and even heavy sweat.
Symptoms include a chancre (sore) on the penis, vagina, or tongue or a body-wide rash. Syphilis is transmitted by oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Syphilis can also be transmitted through openings in the skin. If treated early, syphilis is curable. If treated late, it may not be curable. Syphilis is treated with an antibiotic.
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a liver infection that is transmitted by bodily fluids such as blood and semen. This can happen through sexual contact, sharing needles and syringes, and from mother to baby at birth. HBV can be a short term illness for some but a longer-term chronic infection for others. Infants are most at risk for chronic infection, which can lead to health issues such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis B can be prevented by getting vaccinated.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and is transmitted through bloody transmission from needle sharing or during sex. Symptoms include liver cirrhosis and decay, brain damage, internal bleeding, jaundice, low thyroid disease, and abdominal and lower swelling. Hep C can be cured and is treated with a daily medication that has to be taken over 8-12 weeks.
NEED TO GET TESTED?
Regularly getting tested and knowing your status is a key component to HIV/STI prevention and keeping you and your partners safe. Prism Health North Texas offers free HIV/STI testing along with treatments at little or no cost. If you’re in need of a test, contact or visit one of our four clinics located in Dallas, TX to make an appointment.