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How your local Health4Men Clinic can hook you up!

Health4Men has over 250 competent clinics nationwide and two Centers of Excellence, one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg, which offer a variety of sexual health services specifically geared towards helping gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).  To find your nearest clinic, click here:  http://www.health4men.co.za/map/

Health4Men Clinics and other clinics that have been trained by Health4Men, specialize in HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) related services.

You can enjoy the following services and treatment options at a Health4Men Clinic:

STI screening and treatment:
Free and confidential screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and genital warts.

HIV screening, monitoring, management & counselling:
Free and confidential HIV screening in a discreet and relaxed environment. If you do test positive you can also expect to receive CD4 testing and counselling.

Free antiretroviral treatment therapy, based on your CD4 count and other medical factors. Once you’re on ARVs your health care workers will continue to monitor your health and will be available to address any side-effects you may experience. If you test HIV+ you can commence free treatment immediately.

You can access PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) if you’ve had a high risk exposure to HIV infection, provided that you test HIV negative and that you commence the treatment within 72 hours of the exposure to the virus.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy where HIV negative people take medications daily to prevent them from becoming positive if they are exposed to the virus. It is currently not available in the state sector outside of demonstration projects such as at the Ivan Toms Centre for Men’s Health in Cape Town and Health4Men at Yeoville clinic in Gauteng. Sex workers can access PrEP from the Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute (WRHI) clinic in Hillbrow. The Department of Health is working towards providing PrEP for sex workers and MSM in the future.

Other health concerns:
In addition to HIV and other STIs, you can consult your healthcare worker if you have any other sexual health concerns, like your prostate, testicular and anal health.

To find your nearest Health4Men competent clinic go to our handy clinic finder.