Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
It's important to understand that when you become sexually active, you can be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Some STDs are easily treated with no long-term effects, while others can be carried for life or cause serious or life-threatening diseases.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system. Without a strong immune system, your body has trouble fighting off disease and infections. Once you contract HIV, it will always stay in your body. If HIV is diagnosed in its early stages, we can effectively treat it with antiretroviral medications.
If you are diagnosed with HIV, you are said to be HIV-positive. If you do not have HIV, you are said to be HIV-negative.
Not all people who have been infected with HIV experience symptoms, especially in the beginning. Early symptoms of HIV may seem a lot like the common flu. You may:
If you do have symptoms, they may appear anytime in the first month after you're infected, and go away after several weeks. After these initial symptoms disappear, it's possible that you will not have symptoms for years.
If you are experiencing symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for contracting HIV, we recommend that you be screened. You are at higher risk for contracting HIV if:
It is very important to have regular HIV testing if you are at higher risk. Early HIV infection may not have any symptoms and can go undiagnosed for years. Effective treatment is possible if HIV is diagnosed in its early stages.
If you are sexually active and younger than 25, we recommend you come in once a year to be screened for STDs.
HIV is diagnosed by blood test. The test screens for HIV antibodies in the blood, which are a sign that the virus is present. If your blood shows these antibodies (a "positive" test), we'll retest the blood just to make sure.
Though you should be tested as soon as possible if you think you've been exposed to HIV, it can sometimes take up to 5 months for these antibodies to show up on our tests. Even if your first test comes back negative (meaning that you do not have HIV), you should be retested 6 months later to be completely sure you were not infected.
You can get HIV from contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. HIV can be transmitted by:
It's important to understand that when you become sexually active, you can be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This is true for all forms of sexual activity such as oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse.
Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by different bacteria or viruses that are passed between partners during sexual activity. Some STDs are easily treated with no long-term effects, while others can be carried for life or cause serious or life-threatening diseases.
Except for not having sex (abstinence), there is no sure way to avoid contracting an STD. You can reduce your risk of getting STDs by:
Before you start a sexual relationship, talk with your partner about HIV. Find out whether he or she is at risk and ask if they have been recently tested for HIV. Remember that a person can be infected without knowing it.
Talk openly and honestly with you partner about your risk for STDs and practicing safer sex. Be clear about what you will and won't do sexually and respect what your partner will and won’t do. Decide together what is right for both of you.
If you use needles to inject intravenous drugs, it's important not to share them with others. Clean needles and syringes are available through local needle exchange programs. We recommend you seek treatment if you use illicit drugs, and we have resources that can help you.
Unfortunately, abusive relationships are common. Abuse can include pressuring or forcing you to have sex, or refusing to use a condom to protect against pregnancy or STDs. If you think you are being abused, you can get help by talking to us or you can:
Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for hearing/speech impaired. Or, visit the National Sexual Assault Hotline or call 800-656-4673.
If you are at higher risk for contracting HIV, we recommend that you be screened. You are at higher risk for contracting HIV if:
If you think you've been exposed to HIV, please contact me, someone in my office, or one of our advice nurses and request screening.
It is important to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), even if you don't think you are at risk.
You can connect with me in a variety of ways, depending on the situation and what is most convenient for you at the time. I am available online, by telephone, or in person.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay current on your health status and to collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments as needed. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures, we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready, I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
My specialty colleagues are readily available to assist me if I need additional advice about your condition. In some cases, I may contact them during your visit, so we can discuss your care together. If we decide you need a specialty appointment after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
As part of our commitment to prevention, additional members of our health care team may contact you to come in for a visit or test. We will contact you if you are overdue for cancer screenings or conditions which may require monitoring.
As your personal physician, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
My Doctor Online is available 24/7 so that you can access and manage your care where and when it is most convenient. From my home page you can:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.