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One of our goals is to provide our patients with factual information in an easy to understand manner. Listed here are some common terms used within our pages and their definitions.
Illnesses that progress and subsequently go away in a short time period.
Protein molecules made by the body in order to fight an infection.
A substance that stimulates the body to produce antibodies and combines with them
A long lasting illness that may reoccur. A chronic illness may be mild or severe.
To be rid of the infection; STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics.
A small piece of latex that is used to cover the genitals during oral sex
Identification of an ailment through medical exams and screenings
A test result that does not indicate either a positive or negative result strongly; retesting is usually required following an equivocal test result
When a test result shows no indication of an infection in an individual that does, in fact, have the infection; may occur when a test is run during treatment or too early.
When a test result shows an indication of infection in an individual that does not have the infection.
Similar to equivocal; when a test result does not show strongly in either the positive or negative direction; retesting is usually required
A negative test result signifies that there is no infection present.
A medical worker that draws blood from patients for testing
A positive test result signifies the presence of an infection
The range of result numbers that is considered to be normal and used to determine whether a result is positive, negative, or if further testing is required.
A subsequent test performed on the same sample as the first test in order to confirm results
The testing process that can rule out or identify disease early in order to best treat and manage it. We recommend regular STD screening for sexually active individuals.
The development of blood antibodies to fight infection within your body; length of seroconversion time depends on the disease and can range anywhere from 2 weeks to six months
A method of managing a medical condition to prevent it from progressing or spreading. Some STDs can be treated but cannot be cured.