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