HIV Testing Clinic NYC
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We Accept Most Insurances
- Admin. Concepts
- Beech Street
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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- What is HIV?
- How it is transmitted?
- Who is advised to get HIV testing?
- What are the symptoms?
- How is HIV screened at STD Center New York?
- What treatment is available?
- Where is the STD clinic located?
What is HIV?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that eventually(if left untreated)causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It is a virus that progressively breaks down the immune system, making it very difficult to fight off infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), around 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. There are about 250,000 people that are living with undiagnosed HIV.
How it is transmitted?
HIV spreads through the exchange of vaginal fluids and semen when having unprotected oral, vaginal, and anal sex with someone who is HIV positive. Sharing needles with an infected person or getting contaminated blood transfusions can also spread it. In addition, babies born to women with HIV/AIDS can get the virus from their mothers during birth or from breastfeeding. HIV is not transmitted by simple casual contact such as kissing, sharing drinking glasses, or hugging.
Who is advised to get HIV testing?
Individuals that engage in unprotected sex with new or multiple partners, those that don’t use condoms, are about to enter a new relationship, victims of rape, or have a history of infection with other STDs are at risk of getting HIV. Our clinic generally recommends getting HIV testing once a year, but if you or your partner is sexually active with many people, then it’s better to get tested several times a year.
What are the symptoms?
People usually develop HIV symptoms 2-4 weeks after being infected, but at times it can take more than 10 years to show any signs. When they start to appear, symptoms resemble those of the flu illness: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes-these may last for a few weeks. When people get pneumonia, experience long periods of diarrhea, have frequent fever or night sweats, or lose weight at a very fast pace, it may be a good indicator that the disease is in its advanced stage (AIDS). Sometimes HIV symptoms may not show at all. People can be infected with the virus for years and not see or notice anything that's different with their bodies. Testing is the only way to tell and our STD Clinic New York can provide you with a HIV test.
How is HIV screened at STD Center New York?
At our clinic, we will screen you for the human Immunodeficiency virus through the HIV antibody test. It is done by taking a blood sample and sending it to the laboratory for analysis. This test looks for antibodies made by the immune system in response to HIV and it’s 99.5% accurate. In addition, our laboratory will follow up all positive tests with a confirmatory test called the “Reflex to Western Blot Confirmation” (also known as an EIA test). It’s done with the same blood sample, so there will be no additional blood draw or cost. If you’re unsure, our doctor will determine whether it’s time for you to get tested.
What treatment is available?
Unfortunately, there’s no existent cure for HIV. Unlike in the past, we have had many advances in medicine and HIV patients have more and better treatment options available to them. Treatment for HIV can be achieved through one or more combinations of powerful antiretroviral medications, which slows down the virus. Once you have been diagnosed with HIV, our STD doctor will provide you with all the counseling-both educational and emotional- necessary to help you live and fight STI. The STD Center NYC works closely with infection disease specialists (Doctors that specialize in treatment of HIV or AIDS) and we will refer you to one so we can together carefully develop a treatment plan that is best suitable for you.
Where is the STD clinic located?
Our clinic is found two blocks away from major New York City train stations- 42nd Street (Bryant Park) and Grand Central Terminal. For your convenience, we offer extended evening hours, are open on Saturdays, and provide same-day HIV tests to walk-in patients.
Let us help you end your fear and anxiety by getting a test at our New York City office.