Niagara County Health Department Announces Reopening of Sexual Health Clinic

Fri, March 25, 2022 10:30 a.m.

The Niagara County Health Department announced that the sexual health clinic will reopen on April 5. The clinic has been closed since March 2020 due to Niagara County’s COVID-19 response.

“Our Sexual Health Clinic provides comprehensive, inexpensive sexual health services, and we are pleased to reopen our doors to the community,” said Director of Public Health Daniel Stapleton.

The clinic offers confidential testing, treatment and referral for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for anyone 12 years and older (parental consent is not required).

The NCDOH will partner with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, whose medical providers will work side-by-side with the department’s clinical staff.

“This partnership supports our collective goal to help end the HIV epidemic, eliminate hepatitis B and C, and successfully prevent and control sexually transmitted infections,” said Adrienne Kasbaum, director of nursing at the NCDOH.

Partnership highlights include:

√ Rapid HIV testing – Detect infection as early as 10 days after exposure. Results are ready in 20 minutes, and all it takes is one finger.

√ Rapid Hepatitis C (HCV) Screening – Results are ready in 20 minutes. The test only requires one finger (the same can be used for HIV and HCV).

√ Link to care – Partner with community providers to provide follow-up services to anyone who does not have a doctor and who is HIV-positive or has Hep C.

√ Safe Area Designation – The clinic is part of the network of visible allies of the LGBTQ community.

√ Partnership with NFMMC to provide PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for HIV prevention.

√ Immunization consultation for recommended vaccinessuch as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Tdap and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Niagara County Health Department to provide sexual health services to our community. This partnership will provide immediate access to testing and treatment for common sexually transmitted infections and will also ensure a seamless transition of care to our ID (infectious disease) clinic for patients who need ongoing care for infections like hepatitis C and HIV,” said Dr Rajinder Bajwa. , chief of infectious diseases at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and medical director of the NCDOH Sexual Health Clinic.

The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact the NCDOH Division of Nursing at 716-278-1900, visit http://www.niagaracounty.com/health or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/niagaracountyhealth.

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