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PRIMARY SERVICES

Our specialty clinics offer a number of primary services targeted toward those in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those in treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, PrEP and PEP, and a variety of health services for the transgender community. All services are offered in a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment.

 

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus and is most commonly spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person. It can have various stages of severity associated with the inflammation of the liver. At its worst, chronic hepatitis C is a long-term, sometimes lifelong, malady that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, permanent liver damage, and even death. The most common way to be infected by hepatitis C is by sharing needles that have had direct contact with the blood of an infected person, such as injecting drugs. Without proper treatment and medical care, up to 20% of people with chronic hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis of the liver, and up to 5% of them will perish from this disease or illnesses associated with liver cancer.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for hepatitis C patients:

  • Regular consultations with our providers;

  • Prescription and administration of medication;

  • Lab tests pertaining to the progression of the disease or success of the treatment;

  • Liver ultrasound referral to address the current conditions of the liver.

 

Observations:

 

To make an appointment, your primary care provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.

Your PCP also has an important role during and after your hepatitis C treatment.

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

HIV/AIDS

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The latter is caused by the virus’s targeted attack of immune system cells. Once these cells die, it is no longer possible for the human body to resist infections and diseases. Although there is not a vaccine that can prevent HIV infection, advances in medical technology and HIV treatments have been successful in guaranteeing a better quality of life, a longer life expectancy, and a lower probability of infecting others. The two most common ways to contract HIV are through unsafe sex and sharing needles with someone who is HIV positive. According to recent data, over 5,000 people around the world contract HIV daily, but fewer than 50% of them have access to antiretroviral therapy.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for HIV patients:

 

There are two ways to benefit from services at our Specialty Clinics.

 

If our specialists are your Primary Care Provider (PCP) you can expect:

 

  • Yearly physicals;

  • Consultations every three to six months for HIV management;

  • Prescription of medications for all medical issues, including HIV-related issues;

  • Lab tests for all medical issues, including HIV-related issues;

  • Updates on immunizations;

  • Pre-op clearance;

  • Referral to specialists in various medical fields;

  • Punch biopsy for suspicious skin lesions;

  • Anal PAP smear;

  • High-resolution anoscopy for evaluation of anal issues and anal cancer prevention.

 

Observation:

 

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

-Or-

 

If you already have a PCP but visit our specialists for HIV-related issues, you may receive the following services:

 

  • Consultations every three to six months for HIV management;

  • Prescription of medications for HIV;

  • Lab test for HIV-related results only;

  • Anal PAP smear;

  • High-resolution anoscopy for evaluation of anal issues and anal cancer prevention.

 

Observations:

 

To make an appointment, your primary care provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.

Your PCP also has an important role during your HIV treatment.

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

PrEP & PEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily administration of medication for people who are HIV negative but are at high risk for contracting it, most commonly because they are having intercourse with people who do not know their current HIV status. Additionally, PrEP is an option for people who are in mixed-status relationships with seropositive people. The brand name of the medication containing two medicines, tenofovir and emtricitabine, is Truvada®. When used as prescribed, it is highly effective in preventing HIV infection.

 

Borrego Health Specialty Clinic services for PrEP patients:

 

  • Consultation pertinent to PrEP accompaniment every three months;

  • Prescription of the medication Truvada®;

  • Labs related to HIV results and other STDs every three months.

 

Observations:

 

For PrEP patients, Borrego Health Specialty Clinic is your specialty clinic home.

To make an appointment, your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or health insurance must send a referral with an approved authorization.

Your PCP also has an important role during and after your PrEP treatment.

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

 

If you would like to be referred to our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.

 

Transgender Health

As we continue to witness the progress of human rights laws, society’s binary classification of people as male or female is gradually becoming obsolete. The definition of one’s gender identity as a direct representation of one’s gender expression is beginning to include factors beyond anatomical appearances. Transgender people often struggle with viewing their own gender identities in contrast with the ones society has imposed on them. They look for a connection between gender identity (feeling) and gender expression (appearance).

In addition, the word “transgender” is a macro -term referring to one of the many ways a person undergoes gender transition and/or reassignment.

 

There are several other terms, the most common including this list:

 

Transgender man: person who at birth was assigned “female” but self-identifies and lives as male.

Transgender woman: person who at birth was assigned “male” but self-identifies and lives as female.

Cisgender: person who self-identifies with the gender given at birth.

Gender nonconforming: person who, regardless of the gender assigned at birth, does not appreciate stereotypical views of how men and women should or should not behave within a community or society.

Genderqueer: person who does not self-identify with conventional gender denominations but somewhere between genders, a combination of female and male, or another denomination completely different from the norm. 

 

Borrego Health Specialty Care Center services for transgender patients:

 

  • Yearly physicals;

  • Hormonal treatment;

  • Consultations every three to six months for hormonal therapy accompaniment;

  • Prescription of medications for all medical issues;

  • Lab tests for all medical issues, including hormonal therapy;

  • Referrals for endocrinology and behavioral health;

  • Referral for wellness exam (for PAPs and mammogram) for female to male patients;

  • Referral to specialists of various medical fields, including plastic surgery;

  • In-house anal and cervical PAP smears, and referral for colposcopy if needed;

  • High-resolution anoscopy for male to female patients;

  • Updates on immunizations;

  • Pre-op clearance;

  • Punch biopsy for suspicious skin lesions;

  • All services for HIV and hepatitis C issues, if needed.

 

Observations:

 

Extension of services available may be limited by your health insurance.

To make an appointment, make sure to assign one of Borrego Health Specialty Clinic providers as your primary care provider (PCP) with your health insurance.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with our specialty clinic, please call us at (760) 676.5800.