Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Sexual Health

Teenage girl discussing birth control pills with gynecologist

At Christiana Care we understand the complexities of women’s sexual health and are dedicated to providing individually tailored advice, testing and treatment for women of all ages in a supporting and discrete environment.

As part of this, our expert medical staff are available for all things surrounding sexual health, including contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

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Contraceptive methods play a crucial role in birth control and the lowering the risk of contracting an STD. For women, there are a number of options to consider – all of which we recommend are talked through with a health professional.

There are a range of options available for you, but factors such as age, health and the nature of sexual relationships must be considered. Here are some options – some of which may have side effects, so always consult your caregiver first.

Hormonal methods – Including birth control pills, vaginal rings and contraceptive implants.

Barrier methods – Including male and female condoms, the diaphragm, cervical cap and contraceptive sponge.

Natural family planning – Such as knowing monthly rhythms, basal body temp and cervical mucus methods.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) – Such as the copper IUD or hormonal IUD.

Sterilization – Such as a tubal ligation or Essure system.

Emergency contraception – Such as the morning-after pill which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.

For more information on these, please get in touch with our expert staff.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

STDs are infectious diseases passed from person to person through sexual contact with millions of new cases happening every year in the US – half of which happen in people between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

Many STDs cause no symptoms at first. Also, many STD symptoms may look like those of other diseases not transmitted through sexual contact. This is especially true in women. Even STDs without symptoms can be spread to other people. Women suffer more severe symptoms from STDs: Some STDs can spread into the womb (uterus) and fallopian tubes and cause PID. This can lead to both infertility and tubal pregnancy. You can protect yourself from getting an STD by using latex condoms, restricting sexual partners, maintaining good hygiene and going for regular tests.

Some of the more common STDs include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) – A virus that can take years to show symptoms, which, depending on the type can cause warts or even increase your risk of developing certain cancers. Pap tests can detect HPV infection, as well as abnormal cervical cell. An HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. It also protects against most genital warts.
  • Chlamydia – The most commonly reported STD in the U.S which can cause abnormal genital discharge and burning with urination. In women, untreated chlamydia may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, many people with chlamydia have few or no symptoms of infection.
  • Gonorrhea – Causes a discharge and painful or difficult urination. The most common and serious complications happen in women. They include PID, tubal pregnancy, and infertility. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics. Gonorrhea can also be carried in and affect the rectum. Gonorrhea at the time of childbirth can spread to the baby and cause severe eye infection.
  • Genital herpes – Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Symptoms may include painful blisters or open sores in the genital area. The virus stays in the body, and the sores may return from time to time. There is no cure for HSV, but medicine can shorten an outbreak and reduce symptoms.
  • Syphilis – The first symptom of syphilis is a painless open sore that usually shows up on the penis, in the vagina, or on the skin around either sexual organ. Advanced stages include a rash and over time problems with the heart and central nervous system. Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. If a pregnant woman has untreated syphilis, the disease can cause dangerous, even fatal, problems for the baby.
  • HIV – A virus that destroys the body’s ability to fight off infection. People who have HIV may not look or feel sick for a long time after infection. But if you are not diagnosed early and treated, you will eventually become very likely to get many life-threatening diseases and certain forms of cancer. HIV can be passed to your baby during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and through breastfeeding

Other diseases that may be sexually transmitted include Bacterial vaginosis, Chancroid, Cytomegalovirus infections, Granuloma inguinale (donovanosis), Lymphogranuloma venereum, Molluscum contagiosum, Pubic lice, Scabies, Trichomoniasis, Vaginal yeast infections.