- HOLISTIC MEDICAL CARE
- CASE MANAGEMENT
- BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELING
- C2P YOUTH CENTER
- WATCH CLINIC
- COMMUNITY GROUPS
- HIV/STI PREVENTION
HOLISTIC MEDICAL CARE
Our Care Team of physicians and nurse practitioners from the University of Chicago Medicine provide low-cost primary medical & HIV care to adolescents/young adults who are HIV-positive or vulnerable to acquiring HIV. We guarantee appointments within 1-2 weeks for eligible patients and we respect each client’s privacy. Our services include testing and treatment for HIV, PrEP (a medication taken every day before potential HIV exposure to prevent HIV infection), PEP (a drug taken after potential HIV exposure to prevent HIV infection), sexually transmitted infections, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, MRSA, and skin infections. We treat routine illnesses such as strep throat & fever, and provide primary health care including vaccinations, school physicals, and family planning. Our medical team also has experience in providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients. Patients also have the opportunity to work with our Peer Advocates who are young adults trained to provide HIV education and peer support in our HIV clinics.
We know that systems are complicated. Our Case Management and Resource Advocacy team helps clients with housing and basic needs (food, rental support, hygiene supplies), accessing available social service programs, identification replacement, verification of homelessness or no income, and assistance in applying for public benefits (SSI, LINK, health insurance.)
In providing these services, our Case Managers and Resource Advocates work with each client to develop their independence and self-sufficiency. Clients are asked to be an active partner in decisions made about their lives. Together we work to:
- Develop sense of personal empowerment
- Improve quality of life
- Reinforce healthy behaviors and encourage full participation in HIV treatment or prevention care.
- Increase knowledge of HIV and the importance of self-care
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELING
We offer non-acute mental health services in a safe and supportive environment to LGBTQ and HIV+ youth. Our team consists of graduate student interns who are supervised by Masters level social workers. We provide mental health services to individuals and couples who are experiencing any of the following: depression, anxiety, poor concentration, recent loss of a loved one or significant other, difficulties with HIV medication adherence or a change in HIV status, troubled or abusive relationships, nervousness or tension, poor body image, difficulty adjusting to a major life change, low self-esteem, and substance abuse or dependence. We are particularly sensitive to the important issues facing today’s LGBTQ, HIV+, and youth of color communities.
C2P YOUTH CENTER
C2P at Washington Park is a weekly program designed to provide LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness with access to an array of services offered at the same time in the same location. All services are provided at no charge and do not require appointments. This new program began on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 and occurs every Tuesday at Washington Park Refectory 5531 S. Russell Drive (one block east of King Drive) from 5:30-8:30pm.
This program seeks to provide accessible, sex positive, and gender-affirming services that center on the expertise and resilience of LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Services include:
RESOURCE ADVOCACY: Housing and basic needs referrals, identification replacement, and assistance applying for public benefits.
HEALTH SERVICES CLINIC & TESTING: HIV/STI testing, treatment of STI symptoms, pregnancy tests, cold & flu care, and more.
COMMUNITY SPACE & SUPPLIES: Meals, basic need supplies, clothing, and workshops.
TALKING & SUPPORT: Space to talk about relationships, transitioning, family, depression, or self-care.
Working with the Adult HIV Medical Clinic, our WATCH Clinic provides post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for infants of mothers with HIV infection. We follow infants for 6-12 months to support the family and closely monitor the infant. If the infant is HIV-negative, we assist with transition to general pediatric care.
Our free community groups provide a hot meal, transportation vouchers, & access to a comfortable space that includes employment and sexual health resources. Walk-ins are welcome!
VIBE: Engaging young men in community support, life skill development, education, and personal reflection for the cultivation of healthy living. VIBE meets on Thursday nights from 5:30-8pm.
ROSE PETALS: Helping women learn how to cope emotionally, understand treatment adherence, and advocate for and educate others. The goal of Rose Petals is for women to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Rose Petals meets on Tuesday night from 5:30-8pm.
TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD: Providing patient engagement in care education for young adults who are transitioning into adult medical care. Patients learn to be responsible for their own health and work to develop skills needed to stay healthy, obtain employment or higher education, and to support themselves financially.
We offer free and confidential rapid HIV and HCV testing in our comfortable community space in Wyler Hospital at 5837 S Maryland, Suite C-624. Results are available within twenty minutes and patients in need of linkage to care to confirm a preliminary positive HIV or HCV test result or to receive PrEP (a daily medication taken to prevent HIV infection) will be referred to a University of Chicago medical provider. Testing can be scheduled by appointment at 773.702.5872 x4. We also offer free safe sex kits that include condoms (both insertive and receptive) and lubricant. All services are available to patients aged 12 and up. Please notify the security in the lobby that you want to receive testing services and they will direct you to our office.