Friday, October 24, 2014

Men's Health

Click here for general primary care information, including office locations and hours. 

The Men’s Health Promotion department at Howard Brown was established in 2002. Since then, our areas of expertise have grown to include public health initiatives, education, and research. 

MSM (Men-who-have-sex-with-men) Surveillance Monitoring Project

This project is a ten-site Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data collection project, examining HIV and STD risk behaviors among men who have sex with men, as well as HIV/STD testing and positivity rates.  Chicago is one of the original sites in the study, and Howard Brown is the only site in Chicago that reports its data directly to the (CDC).

Click here to read the most recent data from this project.

Syphilis Elimination Project

In 1999, syphilis rates were at an all-time low in the United States. With the goal of eradicating syphilis, the CDC formed the Syphilis Elimination Project in 1999 in 28 counties throughout the United States, including Cook County. 

In 2002, to help further the quest to “stomp out syphilis,” Howard Brown formed the first Syphilis Disease Intervention program not administered by a Department of Public Health. Since then, we have employed two full-time Disease Intervention Specialists – public health professionals trained in epidemiology and partner referral. Howard Brown diagnoses and treats more new cases of syphilis than any other clinic in Chicago. 

Click here to learn more about the Syphilis Elimination Project.

Hepatitis

Men who have sex with men are at particular risk for vaccine-preventable hepatitis (hepatitis A and hepatitis B). To address this issue, the department of Men’s Health Promotion administers a hepatitis A/B (“Twinrix”) vaccine program. Depending on the availability of vaccine, we run a walk-in clinic, and promote the need for hepatitis vaccination within our community. 

Click here to download a pdf on vaccine-preventable hepatitis .

Education

We coordinate presentations and school-based programming focusing on issues in men’s health. We provide both formal and informal seminars at the annual International Mr. Leather Contest, health fairs, community-based organizations, and to other medical providers. If you’d like to work with us to design training or educational seminars for your organization, please send us an email .