Bermuda Government FAQ
Government of Bermuda
Communicable Disease Clinic FAQs RSS Feed
Is it okay to clean my vagina with vinegar or lemon juice?
Viewed 1633 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Avoid scented or treated toilet paper, personal hygiene products, perfumes, spermicides and harsh soaps or detergents if the vaginal area is irritated. http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/vaginosis/a/bacterialvagosi.htm Read More
What are the hours of operation for the Communicable Disease Clinic (CDC)?
Viewed 583 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Hours of Operation: Mon - Thu - 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Read More
If I wanted to be tested what do I need to do?
Viewed 545 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Clients can walk in, & it is a first come first serve basis. It is also required that clients being any insurance information if applicable. Males are not to urinate one hour before they come. Clients can also walk in for free condoms and no anno... Read More
If I don’t have insurance, can I still be seen by the nurse?
Viewed 516 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
I have herpes simplex, but my partner does not. Can I do anything besides use condoms in order to prevent transmission?
Viewed 507 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
In this case, there is an option to take suppressive therapy in order to prevent transmission. A large study demonstrated that in discordant couples, treatment of the infected partner even when that partner was asymptomatic–reduces transmission of sy... Read More
What is the difference between a sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and a pap test (PAP)?
Viewed 496 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
PAP: scraping of the cervix for abnormal cell growth; done once a year. STI Check: swab the vagina and the outside of the cervix for any STI's or a blood test. Read More
Can I call in for my results or do I have to come in to the clinic?
Viewed 494 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Clients can call in two (2) days after the procedure/treatment has been completed in order to receive their results. If calling for blood results you must have the code word. However, if it happens to be a positive test you will receive a call within... Read More
What STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) do you test for?
Viewed 484 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Syphilis, Gonnorrhea, Chlamydia, non-gonoccoal urethritis, yeast infections, trichomonas (Trich), bacterial vaginosis (BV) & HIV. Read More
What causes B.V.?
Viewed 480 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
The exact cause of the Bacterial Vaginosis (B.V.) is not known. However, it is certain that it is not caused by a single germ. It is caused by the overgrowth of various bacteria produced in the vagina. Usually, a number of harmless germs reside in ba... Read More
What time do you open?
Viewed 471 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 11:30am and 1:45pm - 3:30pm are testing hours. There is no testing on Fridays. Read More
Can my partner give me Bacterial Vaginosis (B.V.)?
Viewed 466 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
B.V. is not a sexually transmitted disease. The partners of women who have B.V. do not need to seek treatment. However, B.V. may occur if you change a partner, or have multiple sex partners. Also, you are likely to be at greater risk if you do not us... Read More
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Viewed 455 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus that eventually causes AIDS. A person cannot have AIDS without having HIV. AIDS – Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome is when multiple infections that will not ordinarily affect the body cause illness a... Read More
I don’t have any symptoms does it mean I can still have Herpes?
Viewed 454 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Most people with genital herpes don't have lesions. Typical lesions with herpes are vesicles (little blisters) which then progress to genital ulcers (open sores). Many people don't realize they have genital herpes and often find out when th... Read More
How confidential is this clinic?
Viewed 447 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
This clinic is very confidential. Only professionals handle client information and results. Contact tracing is also used. Read More
Can I give herpes to my partner?
Viewed 445 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Individuals infected with HSV I and HSV II genital infections can spread it to their sex partners. Typically, the likelihood of spreading the infection from one partner to another is highest when genital ulcers or blisters are present. However, trans... Read More
Do you take credit cards?
Viewed 444 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Why do I keep getting B.V.?
Viewed 442 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
It is common that B.V. will occur without any particular reasons, and at least 1 in 10 women experience B.V. at some point in their life. It is nearly impossible to prevent it from re-occurring. The best thing to remember for prevention is to try not... Read More
Do frequent B.V. infections mean I don’t keep myself clean?
Viewed 440 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
The cause of B.V. is not poor hygiene. Excessive vaginal cleansing can be a contributing factor for the cause of B.V., by disturbing the balance of the bacteria in the vagina. Also, avoid using bath oils, detergents and bubble bath. If you smoke, thi... Read More
Is there a fee?
Viewed 440 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
There is no charge for the visit but there is a very small charge for medication that can be provided. Read More
Do you need an appointment?
Viewed 436 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Can herpes be transmitted by oral sex?
Viewed 427 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Genital herpes can be transmitted by oral sex and can be caused by HSV I or HSV II. The transmission of herpes can occur in the absence of lesions and during asymptomatic shedding. This is one of the reasons why the population of patients with genita... Read More
Do you test for Herpes?
Viewed 422 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
No, it is not one of our regular tests. We only test for herpes if the client has insurance or if the client comes into the clinic with a leison. Read More
Can unemployed or uninsured adults be seen?
Viewed 418 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Where are you located?
Viewed 414 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Hamilton Health Center. 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12. Second floor, Clinical Area D. Read More
Can an HIV positive female have a baby? How is the uninfected male protected?
Viewed 412 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Yes she can. Pregnancy should be planned under the advisement of the physician and Gynecologist. The amount of virus (Viral load) should be at its lowest and the immune count (CD4) should be above 500. Medication must be taken to minimize the opportu... Read More
What is a communicable disease?
Viewed 411 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
A communicable disease is any contagious disease. *Note: not always sexually transmitted Read More
How long do results take?
Viewed 410 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Results take two (2) days. Thursday is the last day for test results. No testing on Fridays. Read More
Doesn’t douching help me get rid of B.V.?
Viewed 408 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Douching is never a good idea. Douching may disrupt the fragile balance of natural organisms in the vagina which may lead too bacterial or yeast infection and may also cause the spread of infection up into the reproductive tract where it can do damag... Read More
Is the public legally protected against persons with HIV disease?
Viewed 408 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
The Sexual Offenses Act is a legislated act under the Criminal Code Amendments Act 1907 which was amended in June of 1993. It pertains to the spread of sexual diseases such as HIV, and Hepatitis B. A person must disclose this information to their par... Read More
Do I have to give my real name?
Viewed 406 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
It is preferred to give your real name but an alternate name can be given if you wish. Read More
Is there a cure for HIV?
Viewed 405 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
No. There is no cure for HIV disease Read More
What is/are the method(s) of testing?
Viewed 404 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Urine, Swab, Blood Read More
If I have a yeast infection, do I still have to come in to the clinic?
Viewed 399 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Yes, you would have to come in to the clinic so that the clinical nurse can examine and provide treatment. Read More
What is Trich?
Viewed 398 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Trich is the abbreviation for Trichomonas. Read More
This is the first outbreak I’ve had of genital herpes. When did I become infected?
Viewed 398 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
This is a difficult question. Initial outbreaks are often asymptomatic for most individuals. The only way to differentiate whether this is your first outbreak or if this is a recurrence of a prior asymptomatic infection is to perform a serological te... Read More
What is Bacterial Vaginosis (B.V.)?
Viewed 397 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overabundance of bacteria in the vagina. Read More
What can I do to decrease my risk of B.V.?
Viewed 396 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing B.V.:• Abstain from vaginal, oral and anal sex• Limit the number of sex partners.• Do not douche.• If diagnosed wi... Read More
Is the treatment for HIV disease effective?
Viewed 384 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Treatment for HIV disease is effective if taken consistently and also if the person is followed by their general physician. It must be followed with lab work to monitor effectiveness. The goal of treatment is for the infected person to have a strong ... Read More
Can men get Bacterial Vaginosis (B.V.)?
Viewed 382 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
How long can a person live with HIV disease?
Viewed 381 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
The latest research results show that a person with HIV disease who takes their medication correctly consistently and is followed by their physician has a life span of only two years less than a person who does not have HIV disease. Read More