Sexual Health

Free HIV Testing

  • Free HIV tests are performed every Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00p-9:00p with no appointment necessary. Walk-ins outside of these hours are welcome based on availability of staff, and appointments can be made in advance (see contact info below).
  • Results take around 20 minutes to be processed.
  • The test consists of a simple finger prick blood test.
  • A short HIV Prevention counseling session will be provided
  • Trained professionals are on hand to answer related questions.
  • Free condoms, lube, dental dams, and other sexual health materials are available upon request.

For more information or to make an appointment outside of regular testing hours, please contact us by email or by phone.

PrEP/PEP Navigation

What is PrEP?

  • PrEP is a once-daily pill that helps prevent HIV up to 99% when used correctly and in conjunction with other methods like condoms.
  • PrEP is for anyone who is sexually active and wants to prevent HIV.

What is PEP?

  • PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis, meaning after you’ve been possibly exposed to HIV.
  • PEP should only be used in emergency situations and must be taken within the 72 hours (3 days) of HIV exposure, but the sooner the better.
  • PEP is not a substitute for PrEP.

 

PrEP/PEP Navigation and Client Consultation Process

Our PrEP/PEP Navigator will:

  • Have a short PrEP/PEP 101 Education chat to make sure you have all the information.
  • Explain the required labs, tests, and what to expect on a first doctor visit.
  • Explain costs associated with PrEP/PEP.
  • Explain Patient Assistance Programs and your eligibility.
  • Inquire about your insurance coverage.
  • Refer you to a PrEP/PEP provider that suits your financial situation.

To make an appointment to talk to our PrEP/PEP Navigator, please email Jessie Claudio, Health Services Manager or call us.

Synapse Project

The Memphis Synapse Program was developed to engage, educate, and connect same-gender loving (SGL) men and transgender women of color, particularly their underground/niche social networks to HIV prevention and care services. Underground/niche social networks may involve: gay/drag families (families of choice), J-set teams (SGL dance squads), SGL non-Greek alphabet organizations, and others. The effort of this program was initially inspired by former U of M researchers, Sharon Horne and Heidi Levitt, who have collaborated on this research with Mr. Hampton since 2011; as a result, two research articles were published in the Journal of Sex Research and Journal of GLBT Families

How?:

Attend parties and community events of the underground/niche social networks community; education and/or sexual health resources may be available at these functions

Goals:

  • Distribute at-home HIV test kits at the center and community events
  • Link people to sexual health resources (condoms, HIV testing, PrEP) and HIV care for those who are newly diagnosed Organize focus groups
  • Create PSAs involving SGL men and transgender women of color from various underground/niche social networks of color to increase the following: HIV testing numbers, PrEP education/access, linkage to HIV care, and overall presence of people at the center.

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