CHOICES is not providing HIV tests as walk-in services at this time because our staff is working at full capacity providing other services. If you are, or want to become, a CHOICES patient these services can be provided if ordered by your clinician. Please call 901-274-3550 to make an appointment with one of our providers.
The following organizations also offer affordable testing services:
- Shelby County Health Dept: STD Testing appointments: Cawthorn Clinic at 901-222-9877, Packer Clinic at 901-222-9385, Phyllis Crump, STD Clinic Supervisor 901-222-9417; STD Confidential Counseling 901-222-9427
- Memphis Health Center (901) 261-2000 or email@example.com
- Planned Parenthood (866) 711-1717
- Friends for Life – Call La’Keshia Bunton at 901-333-8248
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is used in the HIV field to describe the use of anti-HIV medication by people who are not HIV+. The medication helps prevent you from becoming infected with HIV by interfering with the virus’ ability to replicate itself in your body if you become exposed to it. The treatment consists of taking one pill each day.
PrEP is not appropriate for everyone. It has some documented side effects, cannot be taken together with certain medications, requires pre-screening with labs including HIV screen and Hepatitis screen prior to initiation as well as ongoing labs to screen for liver and kidney health at least every 3 months. If you are interested in learning more, or if you want to find out if you are a good candidate for PrEP, call and make an appointment with one of our providers. The medication may be covered by your insurance plan, and financial assistance programs are available from the mediation manufacturer
Post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) is a way to prevent HIV infection after a possible recent exposure. It involves taking HIV medications as soon as possible (within 3 days) after a single high-risk event to stop HIV from making copies of itself and spreading throughout your body. PEP means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs, or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, call CHOICES and request a PEP appointment, talk to your health care provider, or contact an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
PEP is available at CHOICES. If you think that you have recently been exposed to HIV, call CHOICES at 901-274-3550 immediately and request an appointment for PEP. Please specify that you need PEP so our front desk staff knows to schedule for an immediate appointment.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact us at 901-274-3550.