Sexual Health

Starting in March, every first Friday of the month from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, Mazzoni Center’s The Real Impact Project (aka TRIP) will host "TRIP Nights" at the Washington West Project (1201 Locust Street). TRIP Nights offers a safe space for gay/bisexual men of color to come and express themselves in a freeing environment with peers along with providing testing for attendees. TRIP Nights... More
In the wake of the new Presidential administration, and with a Congress that has announced its intention of restricting reproductive healthcare rights, a major area of concern has been what effect the new administration will have on the country’s healthcare. In particular, the sense that reproductive healthcare – especially access to birth control – will be under threat has been of primary concern. In the days immediately after the election, lots of people online were cautioning those in need of birth control to get an intrauterine device (IUD) – a long-lasting form of... More
Mazzoni Center offers free STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at our Washington West Project , located at 1201 Locust Street. For more than three decades, “Wash West” has been a fixture in Philadelphia’s gayborhood, providing a friendly and welcoming space for LGBTQ folks and anyone else to stop in and meet with one of our counselors about any questions or concerns they may have relating to their sexual health. No appointments are... More
The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its most significant ruling on abortion in nearly 25 years. By a vote of 5 to 3 the justices declared that a 2013 Texas law requiring abortion providers to meet a numbers of strict standards created an undue burden for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies and was therefore unconstitutional. Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein said: “We are pleased that the court has reviewed this law and recognized that its true aim was restricting access to care, rather than protecting women.” “We believe that everyone should have access... More
When it comes to research and information on sexuality and sexual health, women in LGBT communities are some of the most marginalized groups. Sexual health and the expression of our sexuality are basic rights that should be acknowledged, discussed and celebrated! Join our friends at the LGBT Elder Initiative for a community conversation on women’s sexuality and sexual health. A panel of experts will discuss demystifying sexuality as we age, coming out to your healthcare provider, along with the physical, spiritual and pleasurable... More
Mazzoni’s #A1PHA Project builds on the leadership of young men and trans-identified youth of color who have sex with men. In group sessions led by our trained facilitators, we explore the unique social, cultural, and personal factors of young men and trans-identified people of color, including racism and homophobia and their connection to sexual health and sexual relationship dynamics. #A1PHA participants learn the tools and skills to promote health, wellness, and community building. All #A1PHA... More
It’s been three years since the FDA approved PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for use by HIV-negative individuals to prevent them from being infected with HIV. When PrEP as treatment was first introduced, there was a great deal of excitement in the provider community, particularly among those of us who specialize in treating people with HIV and those at higher risk of contracting it. In its original clinical trials PrEP showed remarkable efficacy as a prevention tool. Earlier this fall researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco released what I believe is the most... More
Mazzoni Center offers free, confidential STI screening services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at our Washington West Project at 1201 Locust Street. We test for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as for HIV. Our services are provided in a supportive, non-judgmental environment to assist you in identifying your risks for any sexually transmitted infections. You and your counselor will discuss a realistic plan to help reduce your risk, as well as to promote your health and well-being. If you test positive, you'll receive appropriate information and a referral for... More
Mazzoni Center offers free, confidential STI screening services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at our Washington West Project at 1201 Locust Street. We test for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as for HIV. Our services are provided in a supportive, non-judgmental environment to assist you in identifying your risks for any sexually transmitted infections. You and your counselor will discuss a realistic plan to help reduce your risk, as well as to promote your health and well-being. If you test positive, you'll receive appropriate information and a referral for... More
Mazzoni Center offers free, confidential STI screening services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at our Washington West Project at 1201 Locust Street. We test for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as for HIV. Our services are provided in a supportive, non-judgmental environment to assist you in identifying your risks for any sexually transmitted infections. You and your counselor will discuss a realistic plan to help reduce your risk, as well as to promote your health and well-being. If you test positive, you'll receive appropriate information and a referral for... More