Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS Expands Services to Underserved, Underinsured and Uninsured Individuals with AFHP Collaboration
Through a collaboration with Affirm (AFHP), the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS has expanded services for confidential STI testing and treatment and sexual and reproductive healthcare to Title X (ten)-eligible underserved, underinsured and uninsured individuals.
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, which serves the Valley’s LGBTQ+ community, began providing no-cost and low-cost Title X services on July 1. Fees for Title X services are based on income and family size and confidentiality is ensured.
Additional Title X services available at Southwest Center for HIV/ADS include contraception counseling and on-site access to a broad range of contraceptive methods, reproductive life plan discussions, pregnancy testing and counseling, services to help clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility and preconception health services, screening and referring for breast and cervical cancer, and counseling and services for adolescents.
In addition to the Title X-funded services, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS provides primary care, HIV/STI testing and treatment, transgender care, behavioral health, case management and nutrition services.
“Expanding access to vital Title X services to the LGBTQ+ community will result in better overall and sexual health for a very diverse and underserved population,” said AFHP CEO Bré Thomas. “We are proud to partner with the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS to make these healthcare options available and easily accessible.”
As Arizona’s designated Title X agency, AFHP funds 58 health centers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties and in San Juan County, Utah to ensure that reproductive healthcare and education are available and accessible to all individuals in Arizona. To find a clinic, click the FIND CARE button at the top of this page.
“We are so excited to join the work of the Affirm and provide Title X services to the LGBTQ+ community,” said Southwest Center Executive Director Chuck Peterson. “We provide a safe and competent place where the community comes to receive healthcare and wellness services. Our ability to now provide reproductive and sexual healthcare will increase access to an often-underserved population.”
In a typical year in Arizona, more than 30,000 individuals receive Title X-funded sexual and reproductive healthcare services.
The nationwide federal Title X grant program, created in 1970 and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs (OPA), prioritizes serving people and families with low-incomes and is implemented through grants to over 3500 clinical sites, including public health departments and non-profit health centers.
AFHP also owns and operates www.SEXfyi.org® offering complete, medically-based information about contraceptive methods and The Collective Resource Hub, a directory for youth-serving professionals to find professional development opportunities, events, resources, partnership opportunities and more.
For more information about Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, visit www.swcenter.org.