Sexual Health

Free HIV/STI Testing

Rapid HIV test:

  • Tests performed every Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00-9:00 pm.
  • Takes about 20 minutes to provide results
  • Consists of a painless oral swab (no blood!)
  • Comes with a short HIV prevention counseling session
  • Trained professionals are on hand to answer related sexual health questions.
  • Free condoms, lube, dental dams, and other sexual health materials available.

 

OUTMemphis provides free HIV testing and safer sex education on two evenings each week.

No appointment necessary. For more information, please contact:

Martavius Hampton at 901-278-6422 or mhampton@outmemphis.org.

PrEP/PEP Navigation

What is PrEP?

  • PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, meaning before you are exposed to HIV.
  • PrEP is a daily pill regimen and if used correctly with other methods like condoms, it can significantly lower your risk by 90%
  • Who should take PrEP? Anyone who is sexually active and does not use condoms consistently.
  • How can I get started on PrEP? Contact our PrEP/PEP Navigators Jessie Claudio (901-278-6422/jclaudio@outmemphis.org) and Kayla Gore(901-352-1660/kgore@outmemphis.org) for more information.

 

What is PEP?

  • PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis, meaning after you’ve been possibly exposed to HIV.
  • PEP should only be used in emergency situations and must be taken within the 72 hours (3 days) of HIV exposure, but the sooner the better.
  • PEP is not a substitute for PrEP.
  • How can I get PEP? Contact our PrEP/PEP Navigators Jessie Claudio (901-278-6422/jclaudio@outmemphis.org) and Kayla Gore(901-352-1660/kgore@outmemphis.org) for more information.

Synapse Project

The Memphis Synapse Program was developed to engage, educate, and connect same-gender loving (SGL) men and transgender women of color, particularly their underground/niche social networks to HIV prevention and care services. Underground/niche social networks may involve: gay/drag families (families of choice), J-set teams (SGL dance squads), SGL non-Greek alphabet organizations, and others. The effort of this program was initially inspired by former U of M researchers, Sharon Horne and Heidi Levitt, who have collaborated on this research with Mr. Hampton since 2011; as a result, two research articles were published in the Journal of Sex Research and Journal of GLBT Families

How?:

Attend parties and community events of the underground/niche social networks community; education and/or sexual health resources may be available at these functions

Goals:

  • Distribute at-home HIV test kits at the center and community events
  • Link people to sexual health resources (condoms, HIV testing, PrEP) and HIV care for those who are newly diagnosed Organize focus groups
  • Create PSAs involving SGL men and transgender women of color from various underground/niche social networks of color to increase the following: HIV testing numbers, PrEP education/access, linkage to HIV care, and overall presence of people at the center.