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Frequently Asked Questions About RTIs

The Johns Hopkins Center for Reproductive Tract Infections, located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus, combines the expertise of faculty from both the departments of gynecology and infectious diseases to provide treatment, management and counseling for patients with reproductive tract infections.

What are reproductive tract infections (RTIs)?

Each year, more than 15 million Americans are affected by reproductive tract infections (RTIs). Many RTIs cause chronic, persistent symptoms, leaving patients frustrated and uncomfortable. These infections include sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, human papillomavirus infections (HPV) and genital herpes. They may also include genital yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

Who is treated at the Center?

Many of the patients treated at the Center are referred to us by primary care providers and other specialists. Walk-in services are provided to patients who require immediate evaluation.

What are the benefits of visiting the Center?

The management and treatment of RTIs require a sensitive environment and considerable amount of counseling and patient education. Our staff has extensive experience with these sensitive issues. Our primary goal is to make you, the patient, more comfortable.

What services does the Center provide?

  • Diagnosis of STIs and HIV
    The Center provides risk assessment counseling and non-invasive testing for both men and women.
  • Disease-specific Counseling
    The Center provides confidential counseling for all STIs, including herpes, HPV, chlamydia and vaginitis. We also provide HIV testing and specialize in counseling for couples and pregnant women.
  • Patient Education
    Patients receive extensive education about STIs, contraception and safer sex. We also provide guidance on published and Web-based resources.
  • Contraceptive Care
    The Center provides family planning and counseling. We also can recommend a contraceptive choice based on your specific needs.

To make an appointment, or for more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Reproductive Tract Infections, call 410-550-0501.

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