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Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with the blood of an infected person. The most common ways that hepatitis C is spread include:

  • Sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs. This is the most common way that hepatitis C is spread.
  • Having unprotected sex with an infected person. However, this is a less common way to spread hepatitis C.
  • From an infected mother to her baby during birth
  • Accidental needle sticks or exposure to an infected person's blood in a healthcare setting
  • Sharing personal items like razors or toothbrushes with an infected person
  • Tattoo or piercing with unsterilized needles or equipment
  • Exposure to blood on the job, such as for healthcare workers.

It's important to note that hepatitis C is not spread through casual contact such as hugging, sharing food or drinks, or using the same restrooms. It is important to test for Hepatitis C and get medical treatment if needed to prevent the virus from progressing to chronic infection.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken daily that can help prevent the contraction of HIV. It works by blocking the virus from entering and infecting cells in the body. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV.

While missing doses of PrEP can decrease its effectiveness in preventing HIV infection, it still has some level of protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that even if someone misses several doses, the medication still provides some level of protection against HIV.

It's important to note that if you miss doses of PrEP or stop taking it altogether, your risk of contracting HIV increases. For maximum protection, it's recommended to take PrEP consistently and as prescribed. To ensure that you continue to receive the protection you need, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider about strategies to help you stay on track with your PrEP regimen. At LifeLine Health, we can help.

It's also worth to note that taking PrEP alone may not protect against other sexually transmitted infections and other protective measures such as regular testing, barrier methods, and practicing safer sex should be used in conjunction with PrEP.

There are several ways to prevent the contraction and spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):

1. Abstinence: Avoiding sexual contact altogether is the most effective way to prevent STDs.
2. Condom use: Consistently and correctly using condoms during sexual activity can greatly reduce the risk of contracting STDs.
3. Regular testing: Getting tested for STDs on a regular basis and discussing your sexual health with your partner(s) is important to ensure early detection and treatment.
4. Vaccinations: Getting vaccinated for certain STDs such as HPV and Hepatitis B can help prevent their contraction.
5. Limiting the number of sexual partners: Having fewer sexual partners decreases the risk of contracting an STD.
6. PrEP: for HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken daily that can help prevent the contraction of HIV
7. PEP: for HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a medication that can be taken after possible exposure to HIV to prevent infection.
8. Get treated if you do have an STD. Many STDs can be treated and cured, which helps prevent their spread.

It's important to remember that STDs can have serious long-term health consequences if left untreated, and it's important to take steps to protect yourself and your partners. If you have any concerns or questions about your sexual health, please contact LifeLine Health today.

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STD Testing​

LifeLine Health is proud to offer our local community STD and STI testing services. We understand that getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases can be nerve-wracking, but it is important for maintaining your sexual health. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing accurate, confidential testing in a comfortable and non-judgmental environment. We offer a wide range of tests for various STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. Testing is quick and easy, and results are available in a timely manner. We also provide information and resources on how to protect yourself from STDs and what to do if you test positive. Taking charge of your sexual health has never been easier. 

Benefits of Proactive STD Testing

There are several benefits to getting tested for STDs, including: 

  • Early detection: Many STDs do not cause symptoms in the early stages, so getting tested regularly can help detect an infection before it becomes more serious. This allows for early treatment, which can reduce the risk of complications and long-term health problems. 
  • Protecting your sexual partners: If you have an STD and do not know it, you can unknowingly pass it on to your sexual partners. Getting tested and treated can help protect your partners' sexual health. 
  • Protecting your overall health: Some STDs can increase the risk of other health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and certain types of cancer. Getting tested and treated can help protect your overall health. 
  • Preventing transmission: Knowing your status and getting the appropriate treatment can help lower the risk of spreading an infection to your partners. 
  • Peace of mind: Many people feel anxious or stressed about the possibility of having an STD. Knowing your status can provide peace of mind and help you make informed decisions about your sexual health. 
  • Quick and easy: Testing can be quick, easy, and some of them are painless. It can be as simple as taking a urine sample or a blood sample. 
  • Cost-effective: In many cases, the cost of testing and treating an STD is less than the cost of untreated complications. In addition, early testing and treatment can help prevent more expensive medical problems down the line.

Listen To What Our Patients Say…

Cristina Anderson

I am thankful to the nice people at Lifeline Health. I was so scared when I found out I had been exposed. They guided me and made me feel so at ease. I have not had an issues and I know it's because I went to Lifeline Health first.

Juan Bustamonte

Thankfully there are places like Lifeline Health to get tested. This place is lowering the risk for our community by educating us and providing the resources to stay healthy. They are making positive changes in the community. 

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