Jefferson University Hospitals

STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)

The United States has the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the industrialized world. These diseases are transmitted through sexual contact and vary in degree of severity. Some of the most common diseases include acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydial infections, gonorrhea, genital herpes and syphilis. While all of these diseases can affect both men and women, they pose serious threats to a woman's health, especially if you are considering pregnancy. If these diseases are not properly treated, they can be transmitted to your fetus.

Primary care physicians can be a first line of defense if you suspect you have been exposed to an STD or are exhibiting symptoms.

Additionally, specialists in Jefferson's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infectious Diseases Outpatient Office can offer women comprehensive diagnosis and treatments of these diseases. Since many of these diseases present with limited symptoms that may disappear after awhile, screenings and testing are essential. Our caring and supportive staff will ensure you are treated with respect and confidentiality if you seek testing or treatment. You can also make your annual Pap smear appointment.

If you have HIV and/or AIDS, the clinicians of Jefferson's Immunology Program serve as your primary care physician and oversee all of the types of care that you may need as part of your treatment. We have a long-standing HIV and AIDS treatment program that has helped to influence drug therapies. You can be assured that we will treat you with compassion and skill to help you live a longer, healthier life.

Clinical Trials

The Division of Infectious Diseases participates in clinical trials, making certain experimental drugs are available to HIV-infected patients. Individuals who are HIV-positive and meet the enrollment requirements are eligible to enroll in clinical trials. The Division has an active HIV clinical research program bringing state-of-the-art treatments to patients. These clinical trials consist of investigation drugs, therapies and treatment strategies.