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Allegheny County Health Dept. STD Clinic

8 Jul

Allegheny County Health Dept. STD Clinic            

First Floor,

3441 Forbes Avenue

Oakland

http://www.achd.net/std/clinic.html

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

STD/STI, HIV testing

Would you recommend the provider to others?

unsure

Why did you see this provider?

research study and STD testing

Was the provider affordable?

this clinic is free

Please describe your experience with the provider:

The woman conducting the research study was very helpful as I had a lot of questions about the survey I was taking. There was also some confusion about how applicable the questions were because I am transgender. She made me feel at ease.

One of the women giving me a vaginal exam to test for STDs was okay except she started talking to me about some family member who was trans and I didn’t really want to get into it. There was also someone else in the room to gain experience. I would have liked a more formal introduction.

The other provider administering the follow up exam was very non-verbal and I felt like I couldn’t say anything even though I was in pain. (This is common after taking testosterone so long). I didn’t feel like she really cared at all.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

I don’t have mobility issues. I had to travel around the building a lot for the research survey part of it.

Additional Information:

The waiting room is very crowded and loud.

This clinic is free and was fine about me being transgender. It still feels like a crazy overworked kind of environment. I would probably choose another place to get tested next time.

Easy to make an appt. sometimes i was on hold for a while.

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Allegheny County Health Department STD Clinic

15 Aug

Provider
N/A

Practice name
Allegheny County Health Department STD Clinic

Address
First Floor, 3441 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone

Website

http://www.achd.net/std/clinic.html

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Routine STD/HIV testing

Was the provider affordable?
The clinic provides free STD and HIV screenings.  If a medication is prescribed, the patient has to pay for the prescription to be filled.

Please describe your experience with the provider:
The atmosphere overall is not especially welcoming, and the service is slow, but as long as an HIV horror story video is not playing on a loop in the waiting room, it’s easy to bring a book and get through it.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:
The nurses and staff are, for the most part, respectful and informed.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:
The building is on the bus line, located in Oakland, and is pretty easy to get to by bicycle as well.  Parking is probably an issue for motorists, as there are various misspelled warnings against parking in the adjacent Arby’s restaurant lot.