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[October 16, 2015]

SUNY Downstate to Open New LBGT Clinic October 19

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center is implementing a new health initiative focused on the illness prevention and health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and gender non-conforming individuals.  The new LGBT clinic will operate in Suite J of University Hospital on Monday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm starting on October 19, 2015. The Clinic is part of SUNY Downstate’s Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center (SHC), a comprehensive ambulatory care program that has received recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.

LGBT-sensitive primary care providers, counselors, and support staff are committed to ensuring that all LGBT persons coming to the SHC have access to high quality, comprehensive medical and behavioral health care. Care is provided with sensitivity and compassion in a confidential setting, regardless of sexual expression or gender identity. SHC providers have extensive knowledge of the health care needs of the LGBT community, and offer access to the full resources of SUNY Downstate Medical Center should the need for further care arise. Services include:

·           Information, referral, and case management for LGBT patients and consumers
·           Routine HIV testing and counseling
·           Primary medical care
·           HIV treatment
·           Pre and post exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) for HIV
·           Comprehensive sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment
·           Hepatitis C (HCV) screening and treatment
·           High resolution anoscopy (HRA) for anal cancer screening
·           Behavioral health care and support groups
·           Substance use treatment, including buprenorphine for opiate addiction
·           Transgender care, including hormone therapy
·           Routine vaccination with appropriate immunizations
·           Comprehensive health education that is LGBT sensitive.

For appointments, please contact the SHC at (718) 270-3745.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.

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