The Queensland AIDS Council has launched Clinic 30 – a free service providing mental and sexual health care, including rapid HIV testing.
Open five days a week, the Teneriffe based clinic is staffed by male and female GPs, clinically trained clinicians and counsellors offering targeted services for Brisbane’s LGBT community.
QuAC has run a once a week rapid HIV testing night since 2012 but QuAC Executive Director Michael Scott believes a more holistic approach was needed.
“People do not live in a sexual health vacuum.” Mr Scott said at the launch. “It is pointless providing sexual health education and testing without addressing a person as a whole. This is why we made the decision for Clinic 30 to address the mental Health of the LGBTI community as well.”
We know that LGBTI people often have their regular GP or counsellor – but some never come out to them. Sometimes its fear of discrimination or judgement, sometimes its just too hard to have to explain the nuances of being LGBTI people. This is why we believe that Clinic 30 is such a vital service for our community because it breaks down those barriers between our community and clinicians. When people walk into QuAC they know we have built trust in our community for the last 30 years.”
Clinic 30 is open Monday to Friday at 30 Helen Street, Teneriffe. For appointments and more information please visitwww.clinic30.org.au