PrEP and PEP
NVFP is a rainbow-friendly clinic providing services across all areas of LGBTI Health.
The sexual health of our LGBTI patients is always a top priority. Whatever your sexual preference may be, it’s vitally important to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections & see your GP for a sexual health check-up every 3 months.
Our doctors can quickly diagnose and arrange any tests or treatment required for a range of sexual health issues including STD’s & HIV exposure/management. We also administer vaccines to help prevent HPV which is the cause of many cervical cancers and oral cancers.
Along with treatment and vaccinations, our doctors are also happy to offer sexual health advice, so don’t be shy to ask any sexual health questions you may have.
PrEP & PEP
Our doctors with special interest in sexual health value educating our patients with safer sexual practices. They help in organising for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis and Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV. Sexual practice should not be a stressful experience if we have the right awareness and plan in place.
Rapid HIV Test
If you are concerned about HIV exposure we offer Rapid HIV testing at NVFP. This RAPID test takes a quick 20 minutes to provide an onsite result.
There are two types of rapid HIV testing currently available. NVFP offers the most thorough test, which tests for both antigens (recent exposure) & antibodies. Though HIV Rapid Tests are 99% accurate, all rapid test results are still considered to be preliminary. If HIV antibodies are present, a blood test will also be taken for further testing.
If you have been exposed to, or think you have been exposed to HIV recently, make an appointment with our doctors ASAP. Please inform reception at time of booking as RAPID appointment- ensuring a same day appointment. As PEP would need initiation within 72 hrs of exposure.
Treatment for HIV is most effective when diagnosed early and treated as soon as possible. However please note that rapid testing may not detect an infection if you’ve recently been exposed to HIV. Most people will produce HIV antibodies around six weeks from infection.
This is why it is important to have a sexual health check every 3 months.
With the advent of various HIV medications and Treatment options (antiretroviral drugs) appropriate treatment allows the prevention of development of AIDS.
In basic terms, this means through early initiation of treatment (or “treatment as prevention” techniques) a PLHIV can improve health outcomes, resulting in HIV patients living a ‘normal’ healthy life.
A PLHIV who has an ‘undetectable viral load’ – That is suppressing their CD4 count between 350-550 with the use of antiretroviral drugs – can reduce the risk of passing HIV onto their partner.
NVFP has S-100 accredited doctors who can prescribe HIV medications.
We work's closely with a number of organisations to ensure we can offer holistic HIV management options for people living with HIV (PLHIV).
The LGBTI community is disproportionately susceptible to poorer mental health outcomes compared to the wider community, including an increased risk of suicide. Coming to terms with one’s sexuality, facing homophobic attitudes and discrimination, and suffering rejection from the ones you love are all issues that have the potential to cause significant emotional and psychological distress for LGBTI people.
NVFP has both male & female mental health workers who have many years of experience working with the LGBTI community. Some are even LGBTI themselves, so they know what you are going through. Some of the most common issues we see that we can help you with include:
Depressions & anxiety
Relationship issues (not just with a partner but friends & family after coming out)
Confusion about your orientation or gender identity
Drug & alcohol addictions
Childhood trauma/abuse & bullying
Whether you need to speak to a counsellor, social worker or our in house psychologist, book an appointment with one of our doctors today.
Remember there is always help available, so pick up the phone and make an appointment with us to get the conversation started.
Transgender individuals are those who may experience gender non-conforming behaviour or identity, or ‘Gender Dysphoria’. Because of this, Transgender people have a unique set of health concerns and gender-related matters that are separate from the wider LGBTI community.
At NVFP we understand that a GP’s role is crucial at the first presentation of gender dysphoria, especially when there is already a relationship & trust in place. We will always treat you with respect, discretion and sensitivity. Our doctors will organise the most appropriate pathway for you including counselling, suicide risk assessment, general health and education around hormone therapy and general health.
Again, rest assured you are in the best hands with our fantastic team of LGBTI health professionals & onsite counselling services.
LGBTI Family Planning
Starting a family is always a big decision, we’re always happy to provide medical advice and support to LGBTI couples and individuals looking to have children. A full range of conception options are available for same-sex couples to consider. When you book a family planning appointment with us, one of our doctors will present all the options available to you and determine the best way to have children to suit your unique situation.
Make a booking today to visit our LGBTI and gay health friendly clinic. Whether you’re coming in for a general check-up, health test or to address a specific LGBTI health concern, turn to NVFP for high standard, fully inclusive healthcare services.