Riverside Health System

Our Mission

Across every life stage we provide coordinated patient care yielding extraordinary results. Your health is our number one priority and we’ve earned a national reputation for innovative care delivery. Our team of 330 medically distinguished physicians across nearly every specialty, is the reason we can provide integrated, top quality care. With seven hospitals, age related services unmatched in Virginia and continuing care, retirement , rehabilitation, health & wellness programs, and state-of-the-art diagnostic and care facilities in communities across Hampton Roads, we are a team of care champions providing the future of integrated, accountable healthcare. Today.


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    How is syphilis spread?

    Syphilis is spread through direct contact with a syphilis sore or rash during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The bacteria can enter the body through the penis, anus, vagina, mouth, or through broken skin. An infected pregnant woman can also pass the disease to her unborn child. Syphilis is not spread...Read More
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    Is there a test for trichomoniasis?

    To tell if you have trichomoniasis, your doctor will do a pelvic exam and lab test. During the pelvic exam, your doctor may be able to see small red sores inside the vagina or on the cervix. Your doctor will also take a fluid sample from the vagina to look for the parasite under a microscope or to...Read More
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    What happens if syphilis isn't treated?

    Without treatment, syphilis cnn lead to severe illness and even death. Having syphilis also increases your risk of getting or giving HIV, the disease that causes AIDS. The open sores caused by syphilis make it easier for HIV to spread through sexual contact. If you have syphilis, you are thought...Read More
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    Do all patients of Hansen's disease develop deformities?

    No, all patients of Hansen's disease do not develop deformities. Patients who are diagnosed and treated early avoid many of the complications associated with the disease and experience no disfigurement or disability. Problems with insensitive fingers or toes can be prevented by avoiding injury and...Read More
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    How common is genital herpes?

    Genital herpes is common. At least 45 million Americans age 12 and older have genital herpes. Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women than men. About 1 in 4 women have HSV-2 infection compared to almost 1 in 8 men. This is due to the fact that women can get genital herpes and some other STIs...Read More
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    How is syphilis treated?

    Penicillin (an antibiotic) is the preferred drug to treat syphilis at all stages. The dose and length of treatment depends on the stage of syphilis and symptoms of the disease. For people who are allergic to penicillin, other drugs might work during the first and second stages. But they cannot be...Read More
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    How do I know for sure if I have genital herpes?

    Doctors can diagnose genital herpes by looking at visible sores if the outbreak is typical and by taking a sample from the sore for testing in a lab. Some cases of herpes are harder to diagnose, especially between outbreaks. Blood tests that look for antibodies to HSV-1 or HSV-2 can help to detect...Read More
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    Who is at risk for gonorrhea?

    Any sexually active person can be infected with gonorrhea. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans. In 2007, young women had over two times the gonorrhea rate of young men.
    This answer is based on source...Read More
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    Can inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affect my monthly period?

    Yes. Some women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) feel worse right before and during their menstrual periods than at other times. Diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other symptoms can be more severe during these times. Women with IBD and their doctors should keep track of these monthly changes in...Read More
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    What are the risks of using mind-body therapies?

    If you have a mental health condition, mind-body therapy can make your signs and symptoms worse. You may feel bad if you cannot finish a program that is set up for you. If you do not heal from a disease, or a medical condition gets worse, you may believe that mind-body therapy caused this to happen....Read More
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    What can I do to cope with chronic fatigue syndrome?

    It's normal to feel cranky, sad, angry, or upset when you have an illness like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some things that might help you to feel better include:
    Consider talk therapy to help you learn how to deal with your feelings. Join a CFS support group. Sometimes it helps to talk with...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?

    Some women have no symptoms. Symptoms usually appear 5 to 28 days after exposure and can include:
    Yellow-green (sometimes frothy) vaginal discharge with a foul odor Discomfort during sex and when passing urine Irritation and itching in the genital area Lower abdominal pain in rare cases
    If you have...Read More
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    What are the signs of viral hepatitis?

    Some people with viral hepatitis have no signs of the infection. For other people, these signs might occur:
    Low grade fever Headache Muscle aches Tiredness Loss of appetite Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements Pain in the stomach Skin and whites of the eyes turning...Read More
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    Does Graves disease run in families?

    Graves disease can be caused by a group of different factors that come together to cause thyroid problems, including heredity, your body's immune system, your age, sex hormones, and possibly stress.
    You can inherit a greater likelihood to have hyperthyroidism, which means that you may develop Graves'...Read More
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    What is hepatitis B?

    A serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. You get hepatitis B by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected...Read More