21 Dec The DOCK Clinic: Your Destination for Sexual Health
In March 2015, Desert AIDS Project launched its newest addition, The DOCK, a sexual health clinic named after it’s convenient location – the loading dock at Desert AIDS Project. Services of The DOCK include free and confidential HIV rapid testing; testing and treatment for other sexually-transmitted infections, including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), and Hepatitis B and C; and well-woman exams, including breast and pelvic exams, and pap smears.
The DOCK accepts all private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medi-Cal. Uninsured income-qualified patients can receive care at reduced costs and will not be turned away for inability to pay.
The DOCK sexual health clinic also serves as a comprehensive resource for those interested in learning more about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), two HIV prevention tools recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service for HIV-negative individuals who are at substantial risk for acquiring HIV.
- PrEP is a daily medication, endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone.”
- PEP is preventive medical treatment started immediately after exposure to HIV to help protect against infection and disease.
Free HIV testing and PrEP counseling will be available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM with no appointment necessary. For those who would prefer a scheduled time, appointments can be made by calling 1-760-992-0492.
Those interested in starting PrEP can visit The DOCK to confirm their HIV-negative status – a requirement for beginning PrEP – as well as to receive counseling and have their questions answered, all at no cost. Those interested in considering PrEP may then schedule a follow-up appointment with a medical provider at The DOCK, who will confirm whether PrEP is appropriate and prescribe medication accordingly.
For more information about The DOCK, please visit www.thedockclinic.org.
Made possible by funding from Desert Healthcare District