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El Centro / The HUB

Sexual Health & Prevention Center

AIDS Alabama's health and wellness programs play a key role in preventing disease, improving health, and enhancing the quality of life in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities.

AIDS Alabama's mission is to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve. At El Centro/The HUB, the Living Well Health Clinic provides culturally competent programs including HIV and STI prevention services, PrEP, and gender-affirming care. Comprehensive prevention services include outreach to at-risk communities, HIV testing, STI testing and treatment, and lab work.

The Living Well Health Clinic's highly-trained staff are experts in HIV and STI testing and treatment. The HIV testing program is focused on gay and bisexual men or other men who have sex with men (MSM.)

El Centro/The HUB Center houses the Living Well Outpatient Center, The Living Well Health Clinic, and the Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition (ALAC) HIV Testing Clinic with Spanish-speaking staff members.

At The HUB, HIV and STI testing during regular business hours are by walk-in testing or you can schedule an appointment.  Walk-in testing cannot be guaranteed same day service during regular testing hours. 

Location & Hours

Living Well

Health Clinic

Location

Inside El Centro / The HUB building

3521 17th Ave S

Birmingham, AL 35222

Hours & Times

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ph: 205-304-9822

PrEP Basics

HEALTH > Living Well Health Clinic

Living Well Health Clinic

Talk to your partners and friends about PrEP. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention option that works by taking one pill every day. When taken daily it can greatly reduce your risk of getting HIV. You can protect yourself even more if you use condoms and other prevention tools.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently. (CDC-2017)

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

Se habla español.

ABOUT

LIVING WELL HEALTH Clinic

HIV disproportionately affects Black people living in the South. There are many reasons for this. The Living Well Health Clinic’s main goal is to help people access PrEP services in order to decrease their chances of contracting HIV. We accept all major insurances. We also have resources to help people without insurance access PrEP at a low cost or free. The people at greatest risk are men who have sex with men (MSM). However, we will see anyone over the age of 18 who has indications for acquiring HIV; regardless of sex, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, economic status or ability to pay.

FREE

HIv&STI

testing

AIDS Alabama offers three types of free HIV tests; the Alere Determine HIV Combo Test (finger prick), the Oraquick test (mouth swab), and the INSTI® Biolytical test (60-second finger prick test).  Our STI panel includes Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.

Turnaround time for STI results is 5-7 business days.

Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition

(ALAC)

ALAC and friends also provide the following services to the Hispanic / Latinx communities:

  • Access to healthcare and other supportive services at no cost

  • Free HIV and STI testing

  • Monthly legal clinic in collaboration with Legal Services of Alabama (Jefferson County domestic violence victims have priority)

  • Health fairs in the community with free health screenings and referrals

  • Free assistance for health insurance including Medicaid and All Kids

  • Advocacy presentations and trainings

The Gamechanger Project is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded collaboration initiative.  The collaborative partners for this project are Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Jefferson County Health Department, UAB Family Clinic, UAB 1917 Clinic, AIDS Alabama, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and Alethia House. The Gamechanger project seeks to provide men’s health information, including HIV prevention education, testing, referral to care for those who test positive and interventions for HIV positive and high risk HIV negative young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. While the project will focus on recruiting MSM of color, ADPH will work with its collaborative partners to design models of HIV prevention, care, and social services that are accessible and available to persons regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status. In addition, the project’s activities will be design to promote measureable improvements in HIV prevention and care among the various underserved subpopulations of MSM of color, including ( but not limited to) individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency.

For more information on the Gamechanger Project, contact Trevis Smith Project Coordinator, at 205-703-4199

Locations

AIDS Alabama, Inc

3529 7th Ave South

Birmingham, AL 35222

 

Headquarters and Administrative Staff 

 

We focus on housing, policy and advocacy, supportive services, HIV/STI prevention and education, as well as free and confidential HIV/STI testing.

Hours & Times:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ph: 205-324-9822

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Administrative Office: AIDS Alabama, Inc.

Address: 3529 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (205) 324-9822

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