HIV | STD Emergencies | Emergency Room Symptoms
HIV Emergencies need to be treated immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms caused by HIV or another STD, visit the emergency room right away. We have highly-trained staff and advanced diagnostic capabilities so that we can quickly identify and treat HIV symptoms at any time, day or night. Our Emergency Room is open 24/7 and can perform emergency HIV testing and begin treatment. It is imperative that you seek medical treatment within 72 hours of exposure to HIV for the best possible treatment. HIV Emergencies are considered an emergency. Do not wait come to the nearest emergency room immediately.
SignatureCare Emergency Center HIV Emergencies
We provide emergency room HIV/STD testing and treatment 24/7 at all our emergency room locations. If you think you have been exposed to HIV or an STD- come into the closest emergency room immediately for treatment. Call one of our emergency rooms.
Treatment for HIV Exposure
If you or a loved one think you have been exposed to HIV, it’s important to act quickly. Some medical treatments may prevent HIV infection if they are taken soon after a possible exposure. Our caring and highly-trained emergency room medical staff are experienced with the use of these preventative treatments and they can administer them at one of our 24/7 emergency rooms. We offer comfortable and convenient medical care with a focus on direct interactions between doctors and patients.
We offer preventative HIV treatment with a method called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP. When administered by an emergency room medical professional and taken correctly, these medications may prevent the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, from infecting a patient.
What is PEP?
PEP, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a combination of medications that can be taken shortly after a possible exposure to HIV. In order to be effective, these medications must be taken within 72 hours after the possible exposure incident. Possible exposure incidents include:
- Sexual activity with a person who is or may be HIV positive
- Sharing a needle with someone who is or may be HIV positive
- Receiving a blood transfusion from someone who is or may be HIV positive
It’s important to act quickly after a possible exposure incident. If a condom breaks during sexual activity with a person who is HIV positive, seek medical treatment immediately. If you learn that a sexual partner is an intravenous drug user, act fast to find medical treatment. The sooner PEP is begun, the better the chances of preventing HIV infection.
How PEP Works
When a person is exposed to HIV, the virus begins making copies of itself within a person’s body. If enough copies are made, that person can be infected with HIV. PEP works by stopping these copies from being made.
That’s why it’s so important to begin taking the PEP medications right away, before the virus gets a chance to duplicate itself. The medications must then be taken for a period of 28 days to be effective. Then, the patient can be evaluated to determine if the treatment has been successful.
A possible HIV exposure can be a difficult experience. Our expert medical staff will make patients feel comfortable and safe. We meet one-on-one with each patient to explain treatment procedures and answer any questions that the patient might have.
A person who has been infected with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, may be prone to experiencing severe side effects. HIV Emergencies have a range of symptoms from moderate to severe and they may require immediate medical treatment. The doctors and nurses at SignatureCare Emergency Center can help patients manage these symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring.
HIV Emergencies – Common Acute HIV Symptoms
HIV infection can be the cause for a variety of symptoms. Symptoms may appear suddenly and they may worsen or intensify over time.
A skin rash may appear during the early stages of HIV infection. It may appear anywhere on the body but it commonly appears on the arms, back or torso. Many people may not recognize this as an HIV symptom because rashes are common. However, a person at risk for HIV infection who develops a rash should seek medical attention.
Pain in the abdomen is common among patients with HIV. The virus may make the patient more likely to contract illnesses that can cause abdominal problems. This is another symptom that is associated with many medical conditions but a person with a high HIV risk and abdominal symptoms should consult a medical professional.
HIV can weaken or compromise a person’s immune system. This makes them more susceptible to common infections. Also, a common infection can be much more dangerous for a person with HIV. Anyone who is HIV-positive who experiences any infections should get medical attention as soon as possible.
HIV Drug Complications and Side Effects
Although modern drugs are very effective at treating HIV Emergencies, they may cause serious side effects or complications. In some cases, these side effects require immediate medical treatment to prevent further complications.
Diarrhea, Nausea and Vomiting
Some antiretroviral drugs can cause severe nausea or stomach cramps as well as chronic diarrhea or vomiting. Although these symptoms often go away on their own with a few weeks, it is best to consult a doctor if they occur as they are considered part of the HIV Emergencies.
The inability to sleep is a serious problem because regular rest is necessary for optimal health. Speaking with a doctor about sleep problems may lead to a more suitable medication treatment.
Severe Weight Loss
Some HIV medications can cause rapid and unexpected weight loss. In some cases, weight loss can deteriorate overall health. The best solution is to consult with a doctor to discuss alternative medications.
STD Testing and Treatment
Here at SignatureCare Emergency Centers, our expert board certified doctors and nurses have the ability to test for any type of STD infection. They can then recommend an effective treatment that will give patients relief from their symptoms. We can identify many different types of STD quickly and accurately, including:
- Genital herpes
We understand that an HIV/STD Emergency diagnosis can be upsetting. Our medical professionals will take the time to discuss treatment options as well as the value of proactive sexual health. We can answer any questions that you may have in clear, easy-to-understand terms. It’s our goal to help you take charge of your personal health and we’re here to help in any way that we can.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of HIV infection or if you think you may have been exposed to another STD, please give us a call or visit one of our convenient 24/7 locations.
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