Knowing is the first step!!

Each year there are more than 19 million new cases of STDs in the U.S.  If you think it can’t happen to you, think again. Since STDs often show no symptoms, many of those infected don’t even know it. The only way to know for sure if you or a partner has an STD is to get tested.
 
Here’s the good news:  Funding from State of PA allows NovusACS to provide FREE STD tests and HIV screenings. These screenings are confidential and can be anonymous. They include throat, rectal, or vaginal swabs & urine for Chlamydia & Gonorrhea, and conventional blood testing for Syphilis & HIV. The testing takes about 20 minutes and results are given in 3 to 4 days.  

Walk in hours are available everyday we are open at our Stroudsburg and Bethlehem location. Click for Hours & Locations  If you are symptomatic, please contact us to schedule an appointment as you will need to be seen by our practitioner.
 
Here’s the bad news:  Putting off getting care for an STD can have lasting health effects for both women and men. Left untreated, some STDs can cause infertility, some increase your risk of getting cancer. And get this—already having an STD increases your risk of getting HIV and other STDs if you have sex with an infected partner.  Don’t wait, get yourself tested today!
 
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PrEP

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Contact us to schedule your free Consult today to discuss all things PrEP. 

What is PrEP? 

PrEP is a pill you take once daily to stay HIV-negative. 

PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication approved by the FDA for daily use that can help people stay HIV-negative.
PrEP is meant to be taken before you are exposed to HIV infection. The pill is called Truvada, a two-drug combination in one pill. A doctor prescribes the medication, and it is taken once a day

How does PrEP work? 

PrEP prevents HIV from spreading in your body. 

If you are exposed to bodily fluids — such as semen, blood or vaginal fluids — of someone with HIV, having PrEP in your bloodstream blocks the pathways that lead to infection. 

PrEP is more than 90% effective when taken consistently, according to the CDC. 

Experts recommend taking PrEP daily in combination with other safer sex practices (condom use and regular HIV/STI testing) in order to significantly reduce your risk of contracting HIV. 

How do I know if PrEP is right for me?

People use PrEP to remain HIV-negative for a variety of reasons. 

  • You have multiple sexual partners; 

  • Your primary sexual partner(s) is HIV-positive; 

  • You have had sex without condoms, especially with a partner who is HIV-positive or whose status is unknown; 

  • You have been treated recently for a non-oral STI; 

  • You or your sexual partner(s) use needle based drugs; 

  • You have taken PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) more than once in the past year; 

  • Your sexual partner(s) refuses to use condoms during sex, or you find it challenging to consistently use condoms; or 

  • You or your sexual partner(s) engage in sex work

Is there any reason not to use PrEP? 

  • You should not use PrEP if any of the following apply to you: 

  • You are HIV-positive or show symptoms of HIV infection; 

  • You do not have access to regular HIV/STI testing and prevention counseling; 

  • You do not plan to take the medication consistently; or 

  • You have kidney disease or reduced kidney health. 

Are there any side effects? 

Most people who take PrEP do not experience any side effects. 

How do I get PrEP? 

Call and schedule your free PrEP consult at our Stroudsburg or Bethlehem location.

Additional Resources:

Project Inform’s PrEP flow chart may come in handy for accessing services and covering medical costs related to PrEP.  It is not uncommon for people to face problems with their insurance and prescription plans covering the costs of Truvada for PrEP. This infographic provides details that may be useful to you.

ENGLISH: https://www.projectinform.org/pdf/PrEP_Flow_Chart.pdf

SPANISH: https://www.projectinform.org/pdf/PrEP_Flow_Chart_sp.pdf


What is Hepatitis C?

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. An estimated 2.7-3.9 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C.

Who should get tested for Hepatitis C?

Talk to us about being tested for Hepatitis C if any of the following are true:

  • You were born from 1945 through 1965. The CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans born from 1945-1965 get tested for hepatitis C. People in this age group are five times more likely to have hepatitis C, but most do not know they are infected. If you were born from 1945-1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

  • You are a current or former injection drug user, even if you injected only one time or many years ago.

  • You were treated for a blood clotting problem before 1987.

  • You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.

  • You are on long-term hemodialysis treatment.

  • You have abnormal liver tests or liver disease.

  • You work in health care or public safety and were exposed to blood through a needlestick or other sharp object injury.

NOTE: To be eligible for free Hep C rapid testing you must have at least one of the following HIV Blood draw, Syphilis blood draw, Chlamydia testing or Gonorrhea testing.

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