June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and at OneWorld, we’re proud to provide quality, affordable health care specially designed to meet the needs of our LGBTQIA+ patients every day. No matter what a patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity may be, each patient is welcomed and treated with respect at all of our clinics.
All OneWorld clinics are able to address the physical and mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ people of all ages. Any person between the ages of 12 and 24 years old can also visit our Teen and Young Adult Health Centers, where our clinicians and behavioral health therapists specialize in understanding the unique health care needs of young people.
Services that OneWorld clinics offer for our LGBTQIA+ patients include the following and more:
Behavioral Health Services
Providers can help patients access behavioral health services at OneWorld, and we can also connect patients with other community resources and services. We offer counseling in English, Spanish and other languages with interpreter services. Our behavioral health team is LGBTQIA+-friendly, and our therapists treat patients with compassion and dignity.
HIV testing and treatment
We are equipped to help patients with HIV testing and, if needed, referral for treatment. Everyone who is sexually active should be tested for HIV at least once, since getting tested is the only way to know if you have HIV. Learn more about HIV testing at OneWorld by clicking here.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
If patients think they might be at risk of contracting HIV, they can talk to their OneWorld provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP is a pill that, when taken every day, helps people prevent HIV infections by working to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection after exposure. Our clinics are committed to making PrEP affordable and easy to access. Learn more about accessing PrEP at OneWorld by visiting www.OneWorldOmaha.org/LGBTQ.
Hormone replacement therapy (transgender)
We are able to provide hormone replacement therapy for transgender individuals on a case-by-case basis. Our doctors treat patients before, during and after the transition process. If patients wish to begin a medical transition process with hormones, they can inform their OneWorld primary care providers. Adults ages 19 and older who wish to begin a medical transition process with hormones can inform their primary care providers at OneWorld, then they will be referred to OneWorld’s Dr. Alex Dworak, who is trained in hormone replacement therapy. Transgender individuals under age 19 can receive puberty blockers. In order for us to help young patients begin a medical transition process with gender-affirming hormones, they need to have parental consent.
STD testing and treatment
We are able to provide confidential STD testing and treatment at most clinics, and our clinicians are able to counsel patients about STD prevention based on individual patients’ sexual orientations.
To learn more about health care for LGBTQIA+ adults at OneWorld, visit www.OneWorldOmaha.org/LGBTQ. To learn more about health care for LGBTQIA+ individuals under age 19, visit http://bit.ly/TYAHCLGBTQ.