+ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
The stage of a HIV infection at which the immune system is so compromised by the HIV virus that the infected person might be susceptible to fatal infections.
+ Anonymous Testing
Any testing where you do not have to give your name to get tested for STDs or HIV.
+ Birth Control
Any method used intentionally to prevent pregnancy.
The end of the uterus, which extends to the vagina.
A sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria . Symptoms in females, if any, include discharge, bleeding after intercourse and between periods, and pelvic pain. Symptoms for males, if any, include discharge, a burning sensation while urinating, and swollen or painful testicles.
+ Condom (male)
The most common form of contraception. A barrier put on the male's penis to prevent the sharing of bodily fluids (such as blood, saliva, or semen) during sex.
Intentional prevention of pregnancy and STDs through the use of various devices, agents, hormones, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.
Any fluid released from the genital area of the male or female.
+ Emergency Contraception
Pills that you can take within 72 hours after having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. You can only get these pills through a prescription from a doctor.
+ Family Planning
The use of birth control to regulate the number of children in a family. However, many health centers use the term "family planning" to refer to a broad range of sexual and reproductive health services for both guys and girls, including sexual health exams and sexually transmitted disease screening.
+ Genital Warts
A sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus. Symptoms may include a wart found on the skin or mucous membranes of the anus and the external genital organs.
A sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria. Symptoms include discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often show no symptoms.
A doctor who is specially trained to take care of problems related to the female reproductive organs.
+ Hepatitis B
A sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. Symptoms, if any, include nausea, fever, loss of appetite, darkened urine, abdominal pain, enlarged liver, and yellow discoloration of the eyes and skin.
A sexually transmitted disease caused by viruses. Symptoms include recurrent outbreaks of small, painful, blister-like sores on the skin or mucous membranes.
+ Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
A virus that attacks and slowly damages the body's immune system. HIV can lead to the life-threatening condition called AIDS.
+ Informed Consent
Consent by a patient to a medical procedure after s/he understands the relevant medical facts and the risks involved.
A person that is under legal age. In New York State, a person that is under the age of 18.
+ Pap Smear
A test for cancer in the cervix.
+ Prenatal Care
The medical care of a pregnant woman who is planning to deliver a healthy infant.
The end of the large intestines which extends to the anus.
+ Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs)
Diseases caused by bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted through sexual contact.
+ Sliding Scale
A payment option where the health center talks to you about your financial situation, and charges you a fee that is proportional to your income.
An instrument used to widen the opening of the vagina for a pelvic exam.
An agent that kills sperm. It can come in the form of jelly, foam, cream, tablets, etc
A doctor who is specially trained to care for disease of the urinary tract and urogenital system.
The female genital tract, leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus.
The external female genital area.