The “green card” or permanent resident card is the immigration document that allows an immigrant to live, work, and build a future in the United States. Part of this immigration process is to undergo a medical examination aimed at ruling out diseases considered a public health risk. Among these are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), for ex


Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications or even death if not properly treated. The disease progresses in stages and is divided into: Primary Syphilis, Secondary Syphilis, Tertiary Syphilis, and Latent Syphilis.

The syphilis test is mandatory for all applicants aged 18 to 44, and it involves obtaining a blood sample to detect the presence of syphilis through serology during the immigration medical examination.


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is an uncommon disease but usually occurs in young people between the ages of 18 and 24. The test is simple as it is performed through a urine sample using molecular tests in the medical examination for the immigration process.

HIV is not inadmissible for your process

As of 2009, the HIV test is no longer part of the medical examination to obtain permanent residency in the United States. However, due to the state of immunosuppression, in compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, applicants must undergo sputum smears and cultures at the clinic to rule out the presence of active pulmonary tuberculosis during the immigration process.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires HIV-positive applicants to undergo additional testing to detect tuberculosis, which may prolong their stay in Ciudad Juarez during the immigration process. This is because the CDC has determined that even if an HIV-positive person has a negative chest X-ray and a negative blood test for TB, that does not rule out the possibility that the person has TB. Therefore, regardless of these preliminary test results, if the doctor knows that the applicant is HIV-positive, the doctor must order a sputum culture during the immigration medical examination. These cultures take at least eight weeks to grow, and then the results must be analyzed and reported to th

¿What happens if I test positive for one of these STDs during my immigration medical exam?

As mentioned earlier, no disease is permanently inadmissible. If you test positive for an STD, you will need to get treated, and once you complete your treatment, you can resume your immigration process. If you are diagnosed with any of these diseases, we will provide you with the necessary medical guidance to allow you to migrate to the United States healthily.

Additionally, we want to remind you of the importance of taking care of your long-term health. We recommend that you undergo periodic medical check-ups to detect and treat any illness early during your immigration process. This is especially important when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, as early treatment can make a difference in your health and well-being.

At our clinic, we are not only concerned with helping you obtain a residence visa and complete the immigration process but also with your overall health during the required medical examinations. We are here to provide you with the support and care you need, both during the green card process and in your daily life. Do not hesitate to come to us if you have any questions! We are here to help you live a happy and healthy life in the United States after successfully completing your immigration process.