LGBT Life Center to provide primary care for those in LGBT community

MGN Online

NORFOLK, Va. (WSET) -- The LGBT Life Center in Norfolk is now offering primary health care for people in the LGBT community.

The center has offered a place for people to get testing done for years, but a new partnership with the CAN Community Health is allowing them to now offer treatment options, thanks to the doctors and nurses of CAN.

"They do the medical and the clinical component, we do the linkage to care, retention and care, follow up to care, ensure that people continue to access services," Stacie Walls-Beegle, the CEO of the LGBT Life Center said.

The new clinic specializes in the testing and treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections reported WAVY.

"When we tested somebody and they tested positive, it would mean they needed to go to the Health Department, or they needed to go to an infectious disease doctor, or they needed to go someplace else," Walls-Beegle said. "We wanted to create a system where you test positive, we can treat you right now."

The center will also be offering an on-site pharmacy.

"All those different things that happen in somebody's life who is, who are LGBT, it's not easy to talk about all of that if you're not in an environment where it's a safe space and its welcoming," said Walls-Beegle. "Stigma can be an awful barrier to being able to access services that are critical to your health and wellness and so we're hoping to decrease some of those barriers."

The center will treat everyone, regardless of their insurance status. The pharmacy will not open for a few months, but the center operates a mail-order pharmacy and will continue to do so until the new pharmacy is up and running.

The LGBT Life Center and CAN also plan to open a clinic in Hampton in the spring.

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