The Point @ Gender Health Center
State Certified Syringe Service Program
Services are provided at our office location as well as delivery and mail.
DELIVERY/MAIL SERVICE LINK HERE:
Safepoints Syringe Exchange
Free Sterile Syringe Access and Disposal. Other safe injection supplies & resources available. The act of exchange promotes disease reduction in the community as a whole (i.e.: emergency personnel, waste management, parks & rec., etc.) by keeping used syringes out of garbage, sewers, parks, gutters, etc. When community members come in to exchange syringes we are able to connect them to other services such as detox, medical & mental health care, disease testing and more.
Syringes and needles for hormone use. Both intramuscular and subcutaneous injection.
Syringes and needles in 28, 29, and 30 gage.
Free Sharps containers for disposal.
OVERDOSE PREVENTION & RESPONSE TRAINING (Nasal Narcan)
Training opiate users, their friends and family on how to avoid an overdose, how to recognize one, and how to respond with calling 911, rescue breathing, and use of Nasal Narcan.
*addressing the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. – opioid overdose
EDUCATION, RESPONSE AND ACCESS (ERA)
Targeted education and services for injection drug users, with an emphasis on new young (under 30) injectors. Vein care, abscess avoidance, overdose prevention & response, disease education testing, medical and mental health information, AOD referrals and assistance in accessing treatment with in person support for individuals attempting to access Sacramento County AOD System of Care
Distribution of Survival Supplies (Food, Hygiene, Water, non-prescription medications)
Risk Reduction Education and referrals
Condom & Lube Distribution
Jasmine Bright, Peer Health Navigator/Clinic Program Manger. Photo by Ōmeteōtl Cītlali De Tiêu
Hormone Prescription Clinic
Gender Health Center runs a free/donation based Hormone Prescription clinic in collaboration with the UC Davis school of medicine and UC Davis Family Practice. GHC is NOT a medical facility and we cannot provide any primary care services. The clinic is run by 1st & 2nd year medical students under the supervision of licensed family practitioners.
Labs are drawn free of charge at the clinic.
GHC also provides a social space for community members to connect at during clinic while they wait to be seen.
Free Rapid HIV tests are also provided at clinic
Free legal health advocacy is also provided for those who are having issues with insurance or other healthcare related issues (provided by LSNC)
The hormone clinic provides services to community members who would otherwise not have access to medication, however, we do not turn anyone away (hormones are prescribed on a case-by-case basis, following current WPATH standards of care and an informed consent model). Our interdisciplinary team centers around meeting every patient’s health advocacy needs, like getting access to health coverage, a primary care provider and attaining any other medical transition goals.
Due to the nature of the clinic being held only twice a month and it being a free/donation based service, the clinic is extremely impacted. New patients to the clinic can expect a 2-3 month wait to be seen. We understand that this isn’t the timeliest circumstance, but our health advocates are here to work with you to help you potentially get connected to care in a primary care setting. Patients can begin seeking care with us at 16 with parental or guardian consent.
Rapid OraQuick Test – results in 20 minutes
Hepatitis C Rapid Antibody Test – results in 20 minutes
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing
Please do not hesitate to call us, ask questions or make an appointment with a health advocate to get you into the clinic and connected to care. We are here to support you every step of the way.
**If you are a medical provider needing information or consultation to learn how to prescribe and manage medication please contact alejandro(at)ghcmail.org**
1st & 3rd Friday of each month
6:00pm – 9:00pm
(by appointment only)
Monday – Friday
12:00PM – 3:00PM
These ours are reduced for COVID-19 and regular hours will resume.
Gender Health Center
2020 29th Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95817
Donation of $5 (or more) per visit
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact our front desk at (916) 455-2391
Note: Hours Subject to Change Without Notice. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet community members where they are at “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of, or formula for implementing harm reduction.