University Health Center
Section 2(Incurable/Treatment can Help)
HIV and AIDS
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weaken the bodies ability to fight disease and infection. Many people with HIV have no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. This virus is spread through infected blood, semen, and vaginal fluids that enter the body.
A person with HIV may later present with symptoms of swollen glands, fever, night sweats, severe fatigue, and weight loss. When pneumonia and other symptoms appear, a diagnosis of AIDS is made.
Free and Confidential Testing
If you think that you have been exposed to HIV, get tested. Encourage your partner to get tested also. Testing is free and confidential at the UCM Health Center. Call and ask for the lab to schedule an appointment.
Millions of Americans have herpes. A person can spread herpes even when they do not have symptoms. Many people may only have one break out of herpes lesions, while others may have repeat outbreaks.
Symptoms of herpes include one or more fluid filled blisters that open into sores. The sores may be itchy or painful and can be located around the mouth, sex organs, and buttocks. Swollen glands usually form around the groin area.
Herpes is a virus that can not be cured but can be treated. If you think you have herpes seek medical help.
Also called Condyloma, genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The warts are often so tiny they are hard to see. Genital warts can lead to cell changes in women and can cause cervical cancer if not treated. The warts can be flat or shaped like little cauliflowers. They can grow on the penis, vagina, cervix, rectum, mouth, or throat. You may have the virus for months before any warts appear.
The smaller the warts the easier they are to remove. If you think you have genital warts seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment.
Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is found in most of the bodily fluids of someone infected with the illness. Only 1/3 of people infected with Hep B develop full-blown symptoms, because of this it is difficult to know whether your partner is infected or not.
Symptoms of the illness include, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of skin and/or eyes), and dark urine.
Some people recover after a few months and develop natural immunities while others may become carriers of the virus for the rest of their lives. If you are at risk for hepatitis B, a vaccine for prevention is available.
Learn all you can about STDs, use protection, and get checked regularly.