LGBTQ Care at Montefiore

Montefiore has a history of doing more for the Bronx's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community and providing leading-edge LGBTQ care in our hospitals, community health centers and specialty clinics. We strive to create safe and welcoming spaces for our LGBTQ patients, so if you are looking for a doctor or a medical home, the following Montefiore programs offer excellent LGBTQ care:

Adolescent AIDS Program

For 30 years the Adolescent AIDS Program has been on the forefront of HIV/AIDS care for youth. Recently we expanded our mission to serve all youth ages 13-24, breaking new ground in the fields of LGBQ and Trans* healthcare as well as HIV/STI prevention.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-882-0232 or email us at info@adolescentaids.org.

We work to make LGBTQ youth as healthy as possible and inspire them to reach their full potential by providing access to the following:

Medical Care
  • HIV/STI testing
  • Comprehensive HIV care
  • Primary care for LGBTQ youth
  • Trans* care
Supportive Services
  • Mental health & case management
  • HIV/STI prevention programs
  • PrEP & PEP (HIV prevention pills)
  • Family & community support
LGBTQ Cultural Competency

The AAP is available to consult with clinical and community-based programs interested in instituting a number of policies and procedures to improve the quality of care offered to LGBTQ patients, including:

  • Training staff to ask and use patients’ preferred names and gender pronouns
  • Providing non-gender-specific bathroom facilities
  • Distributing LGBTQ-friendly information in waiting areas
  • LGBTQ sensitivity trainings for clinical and non-clinical staff

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-882-0232 or email us at info@adolescentaids.org.

The Oval Center at Montefiore

Founded in 2013, the Oval Center is Montefiore’s newest site providing care to the LGBTQ community. The Oval Center staff receive annual LGBTQ cultural competency training. The Oval Center provides care to anyone age 16 and over, including a range of services that include:

Medical Care
  • HIV/STI testing
  • STI care
  • HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) & PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
  • LGBTQ sexual healthcare
  • Trans care
  • Vaccinations
  • Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment
Supportive Services
  • HIV and STI prevention counseling
  • HIV and STI education
  • Linkage for health insurance and primary care
  • Support groups
  • Case management

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-882-5482. Additional information is available here.

Center for Positive Living/Infectious Diseases (CPL/ID) Clinic

Montefiore’s Center for Positive Living/ID Clinic was founded in the 1980s as one of New York State’s first expert HIV programs serving adults age 21 and over. Today, we care for more adults living with HIV/AIDS than any other site in New York State.

Our Center staff receives annual LGBTQ cultural competency training and we offer the most comprehensive HIV services available, as well as HIV prevention and sexual health services, care for other infectious diseases and more:

Medical Care
  • HIV primary care
  • Mental health care
  • Gynecology
  • Prenatal care for pregnant women
  • STI screening & care
  • HIV PrEP & PEP (prevention)
  • LGBTQ sexual healthcare
  • Trans care
  • Vaccinations
  • Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment
  • Dermatology
  • Substance abuse treatment with buprenorphine
  • On-site specialty pharmacy
  • Clinical trials of new treatments for HIV/AIDS
Supportive Services
  • HIV education and adherence support
  • Case management
  • HIV and STI prevention counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Support groups
  • Substance use counseling and referral

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-920-8542, or go here to learn more.

Montefiore Medical Group (MMG)—Primary Health Care Services

Our MMG sites have a 50-year history of serving residents of the Bronx through a network of community-based clinics. MMG also provides primary care and HIV early intervention services in all Bronx neighborhoods through 10 community health centers staffed with doctors and nurse practitioners who are competent in LGBTQ medical care and sensitive to the needs of the Bronx LGBTQ community. In a safe and sensitive environment, we provide:

Primary care services and OB/GYN care for lesbians and bisexual women.

Primary care, including general sexual health care.

HIV care and PrEP for HIV prevention for gay men and other men who have sex with men; and transition-related primary care for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

All ages are welcome.  We accept most insurance providers and can provide medical care for uninsured clients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-644-2937 or email: alex@engagenyc.info.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Urology

Montefiore provides surgical services to the Trans* community—including the latest advancements in gender confirmation surgery tailored to each patient’s goals—under the leadership of Evan Garfein, MD, Chief, Plastic Surgery, and Beth Drzewiecki, MD, Department of Urology.

This specialized team works with a multidisciplinary team of medical and surgical colleagues to provide the entire gamut of surgical services to Trans* patients. Minimally invasive techniques are available when applicable.  

Drs. Garfein and Drzewiecki and their teams are members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). In addition to Drs. Garfein and Drzewiecki, the team of Trans* surgery and urology service providers includes Oren Tepper, MD; Lawrence Draper, MD; Paul Weiss, MD; Teresa Benacquista, MD; and Katie Weichman, MD.  Together, this team is dedicated to serving the Trans* community and providing the highest level of service to patients seeking surgical reconstruction in a safe and caring setting.  

To schedule an appointment please call 718-920-7479 or email: bdrzewie@montefiore.org

Gender and Sexual Minority Health Research

We are developing an interdisciplinary initiative for gender and sexual minority health research, focused on conducting pragmatic research aimed at improving the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities in the Bronx and beyond. We are also developing training and educational programs for current and future medical providers in LGBTQ sensitive care. For more information, please contact Dr. Viraj Patel, MD, MPH, at vpatel@montefiore.org.

Montefiore Diamond Care MLTC Plan

Montefiore Diamond Care, is a SAGE-certified managed long term care health plan for Medicaid recipients 21 years and older who need assistance to live safely and independently in their own home in the Bronx and Westchester.  SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) certification is awarded to programs whose employees have been trained to provide cultural competent care to LGBT seniors.

Montefiore Diamond Care benefits include:

  • Home care and personal assistance
  • Audiology and hearing aids
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Social day care
  • Home-delivered meals
  • Medical appointment coordination
  • Transportation to medical appointments

For more information, visit www.montefiore.org/diamond-care or call toll-free 1-855-556-6683 (prompt 2).

Patient Resources

Montefiore is committed to improving the health of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) patients. The following resources from other leaders in the health care field provide general information on health issues that affect the LGBTQ community, and can inform your health care discussions with your provider. In addition to this information, be sure to read the excellent top ten questions to ask your doctor, compiled by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

General LGBTQ Health
http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/about.htm

Sexual Health for Trans Women
http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/pdf/2013-0514_Web_Trans-Women-and-Sexual-Health_ENG.pdf

Sexual Health for Trans Men
http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/pdf/2013-0514_Web_Trans-Men-and-Sexual-Health_ENG.pdf

About Pap Tests for Trans Men
http://www.checkitoutguys.ca

Fertility
http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/pdf/2013-0514_Web_Trans-Persons-and-Fertility_ENG.pdf

Self-injection Guide for Trans Patients
http://fenwayhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/COM-1880-trans-health_injection-guide_small_v2.pdf

HIV
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/msm/
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/transgender/index.html
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/aids-hiv-living-with-hiv.page

PrEP & PEP
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/general/resources/adap/prep.htm
http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/ah/prep-pep-brochure-eng.pdf
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/ah/prep-pep-brochure-sp.pdf

Mental Health
http://www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/lgbt
http://apa.org/pi/lgbt/index.aspx
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

LGBT Youth
http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth-resources.htm

Families
www.pflag.org
http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/

Cancer
http://www.cancer-network.org/