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.
A healthy vagina has a normal balance of bacteria. Vaginitis occurs when something changes the balance of these organisms. This imbalance can cause irritation, inflammation or an infection.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Trichomonas vaginalis, a type of bacterial parasite. Both men and women can get trichomoniasis, also known as "trich."
It is important to understand that when you become sexually active, you can be at risk of getting an 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:
It is possible to be infected with trichomoniasis and not experience any symptoms. This is particularly common for men. If symptoms exist, you might experience:
If you have any of these symptoms, please let us know. During your visit, we will:
Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite named Trichomonas vaginalis. You can become infected by having sex with an infected partner (either a man or a woman).
To prevent trichomoniasis, use a condom every time you have sex.
It is important to treat trichomoniasis so that it is not passed back and forth during sexual intercourse.
If you have trichomoniasis or any STD, you should also be tested for HIV, syphilis, and the hepatitis C virus. If you have not already been vaccinated for hepatitis B, you should be tested for that as well.
If you think you have trichomoniasis, please make an appointment to see me. During the appointment, I will perform an exam to see if trichomoniasis is the condition that is causing your symptoms.
If we find that you have trichomoniasis, I will prescribe antibiotics to treat your infection. You can pick up your medication in our pharmacy the same day as your appointment. Please follow the instructions carefully and be sure to finish all of the medication I have prescribed.
Since trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), I will recommend that you be tested for other STDs like HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and the hepatitis C virus. If you have not already been vaccinated for hepatitis B virus, you should be tested for that as well.
Your sexual partner(s) will also need to be treated for trichomoniasis. Remember that people may be infected even if they have no symptoms at all. Avoid genital contact or use condoms until everyone’s treatment is completed because partners can reinfect each other.
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.