Progressive Health Services Now Offers HIV and STD Testing and Treatment 7 Days a Week and Evenings
2012-07-29 · By Editor
Progressive Health Services is now offering same day HIV and STD testing and treatment Monday through Sunday as well as evenings in San Diego’s North Park. Services are available walk-in Monday through Friday 9am-2pm and by appointment Monday through Sunday throughout the day and evenings.
Accessing same day HIV and STD testing can be very important when patients are having acute symptoms and need to be seen right away. “We have seen many people for HIV and STD testing at Progressive Health Services who were having strong symptoms,” says Suzann Gage, OB/GYN, RNC, NP, clinical director of Progressive Health Services. “HIV and STD testing and treatment are typically not available weekends or evenings except at emergency facilities, and emergency facilities are over burdened as it is.” Gage continues, “We feel that it is essential to provide HIV and STD testing and treatment weekdays, weekends and evenings at Progressive Health Services.”
While it is always important to address and treat STD symptoms promptly, timing is critical when it comes to possible HIV exposure. HIV Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medications should be started as soon as possible following a risk of exposure to HIV. “The sooner one receives HIV Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) the better,” says Suzann Gage, OB/GYN RNC, NP, clinical director of Progressive Health Services. “If someone calls us with a recent major risk of exposure to HIV we encourage them to come in immediately. The number of hours following exposure to HIV before receiving PEP does matter. The sooner an HIV exposed person can come in for PEP treatment the more likely PEP will be effective in preventing HIV infection.”
In addition to HIV, prompt STD testing and treatment can be crucial for women in particular. Studies have shown that Chlamydia in women can travel into the uterus and scar the egg tubes causing infertility in as little as one week after becoming infected. Unfortunately many women and men have no symptoms of Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, both of which can interfere with fertility. The sooner testing can be done and treatment started the less likely Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can cause permanent damage.
Progressive Health Services provides a wide range of integrative medical services in San Diego including mainstream and alternative care. Services include general physical examinations, lab testing, gynecology, urology, STD testing, Rapid HIV testing, family planning, fertility awareness, donor insemination, LGBT care, endocrinology, bio identical hormones, thyroid care, nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, Qigong and meditation. Progressive Health Services is a nonprofit tax exempt organization located at 2141 El Cajon Blvd, in San Diego’s North Park, 92104. For more information please call 619-260-0810.