What To Expect at a Visit to a Sexual Health Clinic
HIV Counseling and Rapid HIV Testing are offered at these clinics. You have the option to test confidentially or anonymously for HIV testing only. The results of confidential testing are given to the patient in writing which would be necessary for follow-up medical care.
Anonymous testing results are not linked to a person's name but a patient does have the option of converting his or her results to a confidential status if desired. To further understand the benefits of each, speak with one of our staff or call the DOHMH Call Center at 311.
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You should eat before your clinic visit, it is not necessary to fast before testing.
- Forms: You will be asked to fill out a form with information about yourself and your reasons for coming to the clinic. We ask all patients about drug and alcohol use since it may be related to sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk, and so that staff can connect patients to additional services if needed. Your form will have a number and you will be called by that number throughout your clinic visit to ensure your confidentiality
- Confidentiality: Your medical records are confidential, meaning no one has access to them except authorized Health Department personnel.
- Triage and Registration: During registration, you will be called and seen by triage staff and then a registration clerk. Please give all the information about your health and medical history so that we can provide you with the best medical and counseling services.
- Project Renew: Project Renew is one of the regular services we offer at the clinic. While you wait to see the doctor or to get your test results, you will meet with staff to review the brief form about your drug and alcohol use. If there is a need and interest, staff can link you to additional services. Staff can also provide information about other mental health and social service resources for either you or family or friends upon request.
- Exam: During the medical exam, a clinician will take specimens, some of which will be tested at our on-site lab. A microbiologist will perform the lab tests and share the results with your doctor. If indicated by those results, you will receive medication before you depart the clinic.
- Lab tests: Some specimens though may be sent to an outside lab for testing. The clinic staff will let you know how and when to get those results so you can come in for additional treatment and follow-up if required.
For test results, please call 311.
For test results via the web log onto mytestresults.com You can also get more information online about STIs.
Hepatitis vaccinations: For further information on obtaining hepatitis vaccinations please visit the NYC Department of Health's Immunization Walk-in Clinics to find one located near you.