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GBT Wellness Center

GBT Wellness Center partners with the Louisiana Wellness Center Project to actively engage and empower GBT individuals in improving their health and wellness by providing holistic health programming, health care services, and linkage to existing resources. We aim to decrease health disparities, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV among our community. 


Free, confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. We provide free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease & Prevention (CDC). 


GBT Wellness Center hours:

Every Monday: 10am to 4pm

2nd and 4th Thursday: 4pm to 8pm



STIs

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Chlamydia

What is it?

Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).

What to Watch For.

  • Symptoms show up after 7-28 days after infection.
  • Burning when urinating
  • Discharge from genitals
  • Bleeding between periods (for women)
  • Pain during sex
  • Watery, white drip from penis
  • Need to urinate more often
  • Pain in abdomen, sometimes with fever & nausea
  • Swollen or tender testicles

How Do You Get It?

Spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.

If You Don't Get Treated.

  • You can give chlamydia to your sex partner(s).
  • Can lead to more serious infection. Reproductive organs can be damaged.
  • Women and possibly men may no longer be able to have children.
  • A mother with chlamydia can give it to her baby during childbirth.

Can it be cured?

Yes.

Is there a vaccination?

No

Syphilis

 2nd Stage:

  • Symptoms show as sore heals or after.
  • A rash anywhere on the body.
  • Flu-like feelings.
  • Rash and flu-like feelings go away, but you still have syphilis.

Spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching, with someone who has syphilis.

  • You can give syphilis to your sex partner(s).
  • A mother with syphilis can give it to her baby during childbirth.
  • Can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness and death.

Can it be cured?

Yes.

Is there a vaccination?

No.Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. Symptoms in adults are divided into stages. These stages are primary, secondary, latent, and late syphilis.

What is it?
What to Watch For.

1st Stage:

  • Symptoms show up after 1-12 weeks after infection.
  • A painless sore or sores on the mouth or genitals.
  • Sore lasts 2-6 weeks.
  • Sore goes away but you still have syphilis.

How Do You Get It?
If You Don't Get Treated.

Gonorrhea

 Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect both men and women.  It is a localized infection that can be contained in the genitals, rectum, or throat.   There are an estimated 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea in the United States, and less than half of them are reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the CDC 2014 STD Surveillance Report, Louisianaranks:

#1 Gonorrhea

There are rising concerns for the cure of gonorrhea as research has indicated gonorrhea is becoming resistant to antibiotics.  We are down to 1 recommended effective class of antibiotics to treat it.  And, this is alarming!

What can you do?

Young people ages 15–24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men continue to be at greatest risk for infection. We know that individual risk behaviors aren’t the only cause. Environmental, social, and cultural factors, including difficulty accessing quality health care, contribute to the higher STD burden. The good news? STDs are preventable! Gonorrhea is preventable! If our goal is to prevent STDs, then we need to know how to talk about them, when to test for them, and how to treat them..

Condoms

STIs can be cured with antibiotics, but you can repeatedly contract them. The ONLY way to prevent them is by using condoms.