Sexual Health Center

SEXUAL HEALTH CENTER clinics are held

Every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. *

 

 * SEXUAL HEALTH CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES IN 2018: 

January 1, January 15, February 19, May 28, July 4,

September 3, October 8, November 12 and November 22. 

 

 

EXPRESS VISITS are held

every Wednesday** for non-symptomatic patients requesting routine screening. 

 

**Call the office at 278-1900 to see what the hours are for the Express Clinic.  

 

 

The clinic is on the first floor of the Trott Access Center
1001 11th Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14301
(716) 278-1900 or (716) 278-1960
  

 

 

Confidential testing, treatment and counseling is available for anyone 12 years of age and older.  No appointment is necessary.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are spread from person to person through sexual contact.  This includes not only sexual intercourse, but oral sex, anal sex and the sharing of sex toys.  These infections can be passed through any contact between the genitals of one person and the genitals, anus or mouth of another person.

 

The Niagara County Department of Health accepts Medicaid, Fidelis, Independent Health and BC/BS.  Patients should bring insurance cards and be prepared to pay any co-pays due at the time of the visit.  For uninsured patients, clinic staff will discuss payment options at the time of visit.

 

Confidential testing and treatment is offered for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections.  Treatment is provided as indicated by examination results for genital warts, genital herpes and other conditions such as crabs and scabies.  Patients qualifying as high-risk are also screened for Hepatitis C.  Immunizations against Hepatitis A and B are offered to patients 19 years of age and older. 

 

Confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing is done on

all patients screened to be at risk.  Post-test

counseling and referrals are available for all 

individuals tested for HIV.

 

Did you know?

  • The CDC estimates nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in the United States, nearly half among young people ages 15 to 24 years of age.
  • Yearly physicals or gynecological exams do not routinely include STI or HIV testing.

  • Having an STI can increase your chance of getting HIV if exposed to the virus.

  • Most women and 50% of men have no symptoms.

  • All STI are treatable and most are curable.

  • Untreated STI can cause lifelong problems, including:

    • Can affect the heart or brain     

    • Arthritis

    • Harmful effects on pregnancy and newborn babies

    • Abnormal pregnancies or the inability to have children

    • Chronic abdominal (lower belly) pain

  • Can even cause death

Who should get tested?

Anyone who has had any form of sexual activity with a person whose STI or HIV status is unknown.

How to help prevent infection:

Abstinence is the best way to prevent a STI. 

If you are sexually active:

  • Use a water-based lubricated latex or polyurethane condom with each sex act.
  • Use a dental dam when having oral sex.
  • Do not share drug equipment.
  • Limit your number of sex partners. Having only one sexual partner who is uninfected, and who only has sex with you is safest way to prevent infection.
  • Do not have sex with a partner whose status is unknown.

Get evaluated for PrEP

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), is a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection for people who are HIV-negative and at risk of becoming HIV positive through sexual activity or from injecting drugs.  The pill, Truvada, is a two-drug combination (tenofovir and emtricitabine) in one pill.  When taken correctly, PrEP can reduce someone’s risks of HIV by 92%.


Many people taking PrEP report little to no side effects. Missing a pill can lower the drug's chance of working properly.  PrEP is an evidence-based HIV prevention tool, but it gives the most protection when combined with condoms and other prevention methods.  PrEP does not protect against other STIs.

Patients are screened to see if PrEP is the right choice for them.  If you are not a patient at the Sexual Health Center, simply call us at 716-278-1900 to see if PrEP is right for you.  If you are a good candidate for PrEP, one of our nurses will arrange for your initial appointment.  In addition to this, a PrEP navigator will be in contact with you to discuss all the details and answer any of your questions or concerns.  Appointments are held via Telehealth at the Sexual Health Center, located at the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th Street, 1st Floor, in Niagara Falls, NY.  We offer insurance navigation and access to assistance programs that can make the drug more affordable. We will work with you to find an affordable solution.

After the initial appointment, you will meet with the PrEP provider one month later to be sure you’re tolerating the medication well and to address any concerns you’re having.  Following that one-month visit, you will meet with us every three months (90 days) for follow-up care that may involve blood tests, HIV/STI screenings, risk reduction discussions, prescription refills and assessment and support for taking PrEP. 

For more information on PrEP, visit the CDC's website - PrEP Basics - https//www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html.  

You can review the Truvada Medication Information Sheet at https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/prep_gl_patient_factsheet_truvada_english.pdf

Helpful Links:

 STD Fact Sheet 

 

Sexual Health Center Brochure 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR8-3uAuZGo&feature=youtu.be

 

http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm

 

http://www.cdc.gov/std/Spanish/default.htm - Español

For more information about sexually transmitted infections, HIV or the services provided by the Niagara County Department of Health Sexual Health Center, call (716) 278-1900 or (716) 278-1960. 

Page Last Updated 9/28/18

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