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Resource Center's mission is to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve. At Nelson-Tebedo, the Center provides culturally-competent programs including HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention services, PrEP (pre-exposure prohylaxis), and gender-affirming care. Comprehensive prevention services include outreach to at-risk communities, HIV testing, and STI testing and treatment.

The Center’s highly-trained staff are experts in HIV and STI testing and treatment. The HIV testing program is focused on gay and bisexual men or other men who have sex with men (MSM.)

At Nelson-Tebedo, HIV and STI testing during regular business hours is by appointment only. Walk-in testing cannot be guaranteed same day service during regular testing hours. The HIV/STI appointment line is 214-528-2336Se habla español.

A variety of condoms (brands, sizes and styles) are available free at Nelson-Tebedo.

Testing Hours:

Day of the WeekBy Appointment*Walk-In Hours**

MONDAY

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

none

TUESDAY

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

none

WEDNESDAY

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

none

THURSDAY

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 - 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

none

SATURDAY

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

none

SUNDAY

closed

closed

*Same-day appointments may be available. Walk-in testing cannot be guaranteed same day service during regular testing hours. Please call 214-393-3700 for more information.
**During walk-in testing hours, Nelson-Tebedo will close to walk-in clients once maximum clinic volume has been reached each day. Therefore, we may close before the posted time in that instance. To increase the likelihood that you will be seen, please arrive early during drop-in testing hours.

HIV Facts:

Resource Center is committed to decreasing the rate of HIV and STIs in our community. More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost one in five (18.1%) are unaware of their infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Moreover, people who have STIs are more likely to get HIV, when compared to people who do not have STDs. STI and HIV Fact Sheet from the CDC

In 2013, in the United States, gay and bisexual men accounted for 81% (30,689) of the 37,887 estimated HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 years and older and 65% of the 47,352 estimated diagnoses among all persons receiving an HIV diagnosis that year. In 2013, gay and bisexual men accounted for 55% of the estimated number of persons diagnosed with AIDS among all adults and adolescents in the United States. Of the estimated 14,611 gay and bisexual men diagnosed with AIDS, 40% were blacks/African Americans; 32% were whites; and 23% were Hispanics/Latinos. (Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, CDC HIV/AIDS, 2015).

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the face of HIV in Texas is increasingly young, Black or Hispanic, and male. The vast majority of new infections and diagnoses occur in gay or other men who have sex with men (MSM). For the past 10 years, the rate of new diagnoses in young persons, especially young MSM of color, has increased compared to other demographic groups. In some Texas cities, 20% of Black MSM are already infected with the HIV virus. (Texas HIV Epidemiologic Profile, updated Dec. 1, 2015).

A trending topic in HIV prevention today is about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP is a way to help prevent HIV by taking a pill every day. People who are at substantial risk for HIV should talk to their doctor about PrEP. PrEP must be taken every day to be most effective. If your doctor is not familiar with PrEP, he or she can call the CDC PrEPLine at 855-448-7737 (toll-free) which provides expert guidance to clinicians about prescribing PrEP. If you would like more information, see CDC PrEP Info.

Tests, Treatments and Fees

• HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)

Confidential Rapid HIV Antibody Test and HIV Early Detection Test with a Syphilis Test:* FREE.

Focusing on men who have sex with men, this free screening includes the following: (1) rapid HIV antibody (detects HIV after 3 months) test, (2) HIV early detection RNA test (detects HIV after 11 days) and (3) a syphilis test. Results for the HIV early detection RNA test or confirmatory HIV-positive test and syphilis test available in 7-10 business days.

Anonymous** HIV Antibody Screening: $90.

*An HIV test and some other STI tests require a blood draw. Nelson-Tebedo does NOT offer HIV oral-based (mouth swab) or finger-prick testing.

**Anonymous testing collects no personal identifying information. Confidential testing collects your name and contact information which is protected by State and Federal privacy laws. Anonymous testing is only offered for HIV screening.

• Gonorrhea/Chlamydia

Testing (both included): $40. Treatment, if required: $45.

Informative Links
Gonorrhea
Chlamydia

• Herpes Simplex Virus I/II (HSV I/HSV II)

Screening for HSV I/HSV II: $45 each or $60 for both. Treatment not offered. Please see your primary care physician or other health care provider if your test is positive.

Informative Link
Herpes

• Syphilis

Currently offering FREE Syphilis testing. Low-cost treatment available, if required: $40.

Informative Links
Syphilis general facts
Syphilis and gay men

• HPV (human papillomavirus)

Nelson-Tebedo does not test for or treat HPV. Please make an appointment with your primary care physician.

Informative Links
HPV general facts
HPV and gay men

• Hepatitis A, B and C

Screening for Hepatitis A/B/C: $100. Individual Hepatitis testing available: $40 per test.

Treatment not offered. Please see your primary care physician or other health care provider if your presumptive test is positive.

Informative Link
Hepatitis

 

What is HIV?

HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids such as semen and breast milk. If you have unprotected sex, use intravenous drugs or share needles, you are at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Pregnant women can also pass the HIV virus to their babies.

Tests screen for HIV antibodies in your body. If you have contracted the HIV virus, your body will produce antibodies in an attempt to fight it off. Most people develop these antibodies within 3 to 6 months of infection.

If the test finds these antibodies, you definitely have HIV. If you take an HIV test earlier than 3 months after exposure to the virus, you might get an unclear test result - because you may not have developed the HIV antibodies yet. That's why it's important to get tested more than once if you feel you may have been exposed to HIV.

Helpful Information
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
AIDS InfoNet – Fact sheets

What is an STI?

Sexually transmitted infections (also known as STIs) are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact. STIs can affect men and women of all ages and backgrounds who are having sex — it doesn't matter if they're gay or straight.

STIs are more than just an embarrassment. They're a serious health problem. If left untreated, some STIs can cause permanent damage such as infertility and even death. If you have sex, you may contract an STI, along with subtle or noticeable STI symptoms. Straight or gay, married or single, you're vulnerable to STIs and STI symptoms, whether you engage in oral, anal or vaginal sex.

Who is at risk of getting an STI?

If you're having unprotected sex, you are at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. There are many different types of STIs, all with their own symptoms and signs - and many show no symptoms at all. That's why it's important to be tested regularly for STI infections if you have unprotected sex, especially if you have many partners.

Helpful Information
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)