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Take Pride in Your Health

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) offers high-quality, affordable LGBTQ health care services to the community in an accessible and affirming environment. We are committed to providing comprehensive health care services, including the full range of primary care and reproductive health services, as well as connecting individuals with HIV or hepatitis to screenings and treatmentGay Men’s Health Services including PrEP and PEP, Transgender Health Services and more.

Walk-in & Mail-in Testing Options

Easy, convenient STI and HIV testing options are available. The HIV Coordinated Services & Prevention Center and The Night Clinic offer walk-in testing. You can also do at-home, mail-in testing with TakeMeHome and Don’t Think Know. If you receive a positive at-home test, be sure to call us at (619) 876-4462 to get treated.

What is Doxy-PEP?

Doxy-PEP is short for doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis. A dose of Doxy-PEP within 72 hours of condomless sex can significantly reduce your risk of contracting syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.

What are the side effects of Doxy-PEP?

Doxy-PEP is well-tolerated, and studies have shown no serious side effects. Mild side effects include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Long-term side effects on antibiotic resistance are currently being studied, but doxycycline has been used long-term safely for other conditions, including acne and malaria prophylaxis.

Who should take Doxy-PEP?

Doxy-PEP has been shown to be effective in cis men who have sex with men and trans women. It is recommended for people who have had syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea in the last 12 months.

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In 1986, FHCSD became one of the first and only health care providers in San Diego willing to care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, offering this vulnerable population a safe medical home when little was understood about the disease. Over the years, information about HIV has grown and treatments have become much more effective. However, HIV related fear and stigma continues. Today, as the largest comprehensive HIV provider in San Diego County, we continue to be a leader, supporting communities impacted by HIV/AIDS with a variety of culturally appropriate services, including PrEP and PEP, HIV testing in the community and all of our clinics, risk reduction services and education, and care and treatment for people living with HIV. Since the beginning, FHCSD has worked closely with the CDC, HRSA, the California Department of Public Health and other researchers to identify best practices that can be shared and adopted by other organizations.

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