New York City has one of the largest sexual health programs in the country. The New York City Health Department runs eight Sexual Health Clinics throughout the city. Each provides low- to no-cost services for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. These clinics also offer vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), meningitis and hepatitis A and B.
There are several benefits to using a Health Department Sexual Health Clinic. In many cases, no appointment is necessary and patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone 12 years and older can be seen at the clinics, regardless of immigration status, and services are available for patients who do not have health insurance or cannot pay the sliding scale fee.
In addition to STI testing, the following services are also available at Sexual Health Clinics:
- The largest PrEP program in the country: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill that greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection. Eligible patients can initiate PrEP at a Sexual Health Clinic and receive a linkage to another facility for longer term care.
- A full course of PEP: A full, 28-day course of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), an emergency medication that can stop HIV infection if started within 36 hours but not beyond 72 hours of exposure.
- Improved patient navigation: Trained staff help link patients to high-quality, long-term services for HIV care and prevention.
- Counseling services: Social workers are located on-site to help patients with a variety of issues, including substance use and depression.
- HPV vaccine: Sexual Health Clinics offer the HPV vaccine for all eligible patients, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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