SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES

Sexual health is about much more than body parts and infections. No wonder it’s a key part of our overall health because it affects our minds and bodies, families and communities, even our spirits. Sexual health touches on everything from the quality of our relationships to what goes on when we visit the medical clinic. It involves talking to our kids about safer sex, giving and getting respect from our partner, and recognizing we have a right to the sheer joy of pleasure. Furthermore, OAHCC is dedicated to improving access to care that improves sexual health by offering the following services:

  • Healthy relationships counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Prevention education and risk reduction counseling to minimize risk for STIs
    and HIV
  • Screenings for Hepatitis B and C
  • Diagnosis for symptomatic STIs

Becoming A Healthier U

In these complicated financial times, you need a healthcare provider that not only cares about you but also cares about your wallet. We offer free preventive screenings year round, as well as mental and sexual health counseling through our Becoming a Healthier U Program. The Becoming a Healthier U Program is a Community Health Team-led initiative that aims to provide an integrated, comprehensive community-based and clinical healthcare approach for improving community health. Services include screenings for:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index / Weight
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Glucose Levels
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections (Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea )
  • Substance abuse
  • High-risk sexual behaviors

BHU patients are also linked to a community health worker who will guide the patient through the healthcare system to ensure appropriate and timely care. The community health worker will work with the patient at the onset of the visit to initiate prevention messages, identify their barriers to healthcare and connect the patient to the resources they may need such as:

  • Food assistance
  • Health education and promotion material
  • Housing Opportunities for People Living with HIV/AIDS Assistance (HOPWA)
  • Support Groups
  • Patient Assistance Program
  • AIDS Drug Assistance
  • Behavioral health and nutrition plans
  • Transportation

BHU patients can access their portal to connect with the doctor through a convenient, safe, and secure environment. With your secure BHU Healthcare account, you can:

  • Request an appointment
  • Send messages to and receive messages
  • View prescriptions and request prescriptions refill
  • View account balance and make a payment to your account
  • View medical history
  • View education materials

Your experience starts here… BHU Patient Portal

The BHU is only for patients of Open Arms Healthcare Center. If you are a patient and have not received an invite for the BHU Patient Portal click here to register or contact us at (601) 500-7660.

PrEP

HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are still a major problem in Jackson, MS. We recommend that if you have sex, you should be tested once a year for HIV and other STIs. If you’re interested in protecting yourself from HIV, use condoms and ask your sexual partners if they have been tested recently. If you are having sex with someone who has HIV, they should be on treatment, which helps prevent them from transmitting HIV to you.

WHAT is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a prescription medicine which helps prevent people from getting infected with HIV. PrEP is a single pill that contains the prescription medicines emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.

WHO should consider PrEP?
Anyone can become infected with HIV. You must be negative for HIV to start PrEP. We are offering PrEP to people who may be at risk of HIV.

HOW should PrEP be used?
PrEP should be used with condoms. This is because PrEP is not 100% effective. The usual dose of PrEP is 1 pill once a day. While using PrEP, you will need to be tested every 3 months to make sure you remain HIV negative.


What are most common SIDE EFFECTS for people using PrEP?
Stomach upset (nausea) can occur and typically goes away after a couple of weeks. 
  The medication can cause kidney problems, so we closely monitor kidney function.
Other potential side effects include the weakening or softening of bones and liver problems.

How EFFECTIVE is PrEP?                                                                                                         
The medication depends on how well a person takes the pill each day (adherence). For people who take  their pills almost every day, PrEP can reduce their risk of  getting HIV by 92%. People who take their pills less regularly have less protection against HIV.

 

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