JACKSON, Miss. – Crossroads Clinic, which has for years provided community STD and HIV testing and related services, will be relocating to the Five Points Clinic on the first floor of the Jackson Medical Mall beginning July 5. The clinic has previously been operating from the third floor of the Medical Mall.
In addition to changing location, the Five Points Clinic will offer streamlined services as the only stand-alone sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic in Mississippi.
“We’re not closing Crossroads. We’re essentially going back to our roots and focusing on combatting the STD epidemic in the state,” said Dr. James Stewart, Director of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of STD/HIV.
Five Points Clinic will serve as a specialty clinic where STDs can be diagnosed and treated. HIV will also be diagnosed at Five Points, but positive patients will be referred to community-based organizations and other experienced providers for care.
“Rather than directly providing early intervention HIV services at Crossroads, we will now be using our funds to support other organizations which provide these services,” said Dr. Stewart. “This transition is beneficial for patients because these same organizations also provide HIV treatment. We believe this direct linkage to care gives patients a medical home in a community that they trust.”
Stewart said that while social workers and dental clinic services will still be available at Crossroads, this transition will reduce the duplication of MSDH staff and allow the agency to use its resources more effectively.
Additionally, beginning July 1, 2017, there will be a $25 fee for all STD and HIV tests and lab work at all MSDH clinics, including Five Points Clinic. This fee is in line with requirements in other states as well as designated fees for other MSDH programs. Those under 19 or those identified as a contact by disease investigation specialists will not be charged the $25 fee. UPDATE: The fee for STD/HIV testing has been suspended, and there is currently no charge for testing through MSDH clinics.
For more information on STD/HIV testing and services, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/std.
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