Prevention

Prevention
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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

Walk-in testing:

At-home, mail-in testing:

If you receive a positive at-home test, call (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.

Learn more:

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STI Screening & Treatment Services

Did you know?

Almost half of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. are among people ages 15-24.

What’s the difference between an STI and an STD?

  • A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a virus, bacteria, fungus or parasite people can get through sexual contact.
  • A sexually transmitted disease (STD) develops because of an STI.

How are STIs spread?

STIs are spread through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Some STIs can also be transmitted during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and through infected blood or blood products.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Many STIs have no symptoms, or may only cause mild symptoms, so you may not know you are infected. That is why it’s important to get tested if you’re having unprotected sex. All STIs are treatable with medicine and some can be cured.

How can I prevent STIs?

  • Use condoms every time you have sex.
  • Use dental dams during oral sex.
  • Talk to your partner about their status.
  • Don’t share needles.
  • Get vaccinated.
  • Get tested regularly.
  • Use DoxyPEP.

Why should I get tested?

  • You can still spread STIs to your sex partners even if you don’t have any symptoms.
  • It’s the only way to know for sure if you have an STI.
  • You can develop serious health problems if you have an STI and don’t receive treatment.

Where can I get tested?

  • Any Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) primary care clinic or urgent care facility.
  • Your next appointment with your primary care provider.
  • The County STD Clinic.
  • Any urgent care facility.

How much does testing cost?

Some insurances can cover the cost, but many clinics offer confidential and free or low-cost testing.

Schedule an appointment:

To schedule an appointment with an FHCSD provider, call (619) 515-2300 or click here to learn more.

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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