Wellness Center Program
Information, testing, counseling and treatment for HIV Disease
BSFHC Main Office, Brooklyn
Wellness Program (718) 636-4500 firstname.lastname@example.org
BSFHC's HIV Wellness Center assists HIV patients and supports providers in addressing specific needs of the community living with HIV. The goals for the program include retention in care, individualized care and support, patient access to superior HIV specialty care, and adaptability of program services to individual needs. Our primary goal is for each patient to achieve HIV viral load suppression which we work to achieve through each and every service we provide. Our Wellness Center staff provides prevention, outreach and wrap-around services for HIV positive (+) patients at two BSFHC sites (1456 Fulton Street & 1238 Broadway) by way of a bilingual and multidisciplinary team specializing in HIV care.
Services offered by the Wellness Center include:
HIV Testing & Outreach: We partner with community organizations throughout North-Central Brooklyn to expand access to testing and utilize fourth generation HIV rapid test technology (finger stick blood test) and provide confidential testing that is free and available to anyone on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. All BSFHC patients are offered HIV testing once per year.
Linkage to Care:
We directly link newly patients who are newly diagnosed into HIV specialty care, to ensure they gain immediate access to life-saving antiretroviral therapies, integrated care and behavioral health supports.
Medical Case Management:
We provide patients with ongoing support and coaching for treatment adherence; and re-engage people living with HIV that have fallen out of care back into care.
Treatment as Prevention:
We provide HIV Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis treatment to prevent the spread of HIV infection. Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy not only helps people living with HIV, it also plays a key role in preventing transmission of the virus. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PEP) involves taking a short course of ARV drugs, usually for a month, after a high-risk exposure, to prevent HIV infection from taking hold in your body.
Integrated Behavioral Health:
We provide patients living with HIV with access to services that meet their psychosocial needs, including harm reduction and ongoing social supports.